Moscow Government and Internet Development Institute to Open a Telemedicine Test Lab

On May 25, 2016, the Government of Moscow and Internet Development Institute (IDI) signed a collaboration agreement to foster the development of digital healthcare technologies.

The agreement foresees the creation of a joint research lab to develop and test innovative telemedicine appliances. The lab will be based at the institute's Internet+Medicine competence center.

The agreement also envisions pilot implementations of technologies created under the project "Remote Medical Advisory Online."

Natalia Sergunina, deputy mayor in charge of economic policy and land-and-property regulations, signed the agreement on behalf of the city government. German Klimenko, chairman of the board at IDI, signed the agreement on behalf of the institute.

"As a vital social industry, healthcare is inevitably affected by the rapid development of new technologies.  The widespread adoption of information technologies and opportunities to analyze large volumes of data open up new perspectives for the development of the industry. Collaboration between the city and IDI should promote the commercialization and scaling of successful projects in Moscow and abroad," said Natalia Sergunina.

"Telemedicine is a relatively new project of today's healthcare. It needs a thorough legal regulation, and it needs to address a number of economic and social issues. Pilot projects in telemedicine will be carried out in accordance with the roadmap developed by the city. The Government of Moscow and IDI will organize dedicated pilot zones via a working group, which will feature representatives of the city's healthcare institutions," said German Klimenko.

Moscow Agency of Innovations acts as a project co-organizer on behalf of the city.