The Momentum Thematic Network is a platform across which the key players share their knowledge and experience in deploying telemedicine services into routine care so as to build a body of good practice. Between February 2012 and January 2015, Momentum was a partially funded EU initiative that distilled this experience. Its outcome is a Blueprint for telemedicine deployment that offers guidance for anybody who seeks to move telemedicine from an idea or a pilot to daily practice. The Blueprint was released on 5 February 2015.

Momentum’s outcome is an active and sustainable network of telemedicine stakeholders. The network is maintaining a European Telemedicine Deployment Blueprint that has three purposes:

  • It assists telemedicine doers (e.g. leaders in health or care authorities, hospital managers, clinicians or people involved in industry, such as entrepreneurs or business executives) and all those people supporting them (e.g. public administrators or personnel in innovation agencies) in scaling their telemedicine implementations;
  • It lists and describes telemedicine’s critical success factors in a structured way and a contrario identifies and documents roadblocks for scaling up telemedicine services,
  • By proposing a validated and tested method to support the telemedicine implementation process, it helps to create the enabling environments needed to accelerate overall telemedicine deployment in Europe.

The network is also developing a set of services that will assist them in customising and adapting the Blueprint to their circumstances.

Momentum is an open network. Over a three-year time space, it has been expanded from its initial partnership to a broader forum, bringing together health authorities, professional international and national stakeholder groups, and networks of professionals and patients. One of the places where the network is alive is on is the Momentum LinkedIn group that everybody is welcome to join.

Momentum’s ultimate goal was turn telemedicine into a sustainable mechanism. As a result, a permanent forum will address emerging challenges in the spread of telemedicine, and ensure that its underpinning framework is the foundation of a telemedicine quality management system.

The Momentum thematic network ran from February 2012 to January 2015. It was partially funded by the European Commission under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).