The FAM debates, Society & Ageing chapter 4: contribution of new technologies


In creating its Foundation, the French Academy of Medicine wished to place at the service of society as a whole its unique ability to bring together, on essential health and social issues and around the best French and international experts, all stakeholders, political, medical, scientific, economic and associative.

To fulfill its mission, the Fondation de l’Académie de Médecine has notably chosen to organize debates open to the public and the media and directly relayed to the public authorities, based on publications or scientific communications of excellence. In addition to their level, these debates are distinguished from other events of the same type by the benefit of the institutional status and the guarantees of credibility and ethics that are recognized at the Academy of Medicine.

The FAM is following up on its presentation in June 2019 of the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) report on the future of ageing in Europe and its care, to launch a cycle of 5 debates on the situation in France entitled “Society and Ageing” which addresses 5 topics: Demographics and the Economy, Falls, Sensory Disorders and Public Policy, Taking Care of Yourself and Not Being Afraid of Other People’s Views, The Contribution of New Technologies, End-of-Life Anxiety. These topics are treated by academics with sociologists, philosophers, architects, representatives of patient associations, startups and companies; and are coordinated by Professor Jean-Pierre Michel, geriatrician, academic and Chairman of the working group that produced the report on aging made by SAPEA for the European Union. These debates will be followed by a call for associative projects in 2021 to act on the ground with the beneficiaries.


Information and communication technologies are increasingly empowering citizens and engaging them in self-management of their health. These technologies help older people stay in their homes by providing security and assistance in their daily lives and by promoting communication with their loved ones. Telemonitoring and integrated diagnostics could help transform health services. However, these technologies raise questions about acceptance, protection of personal data, regulation and certification, real effectiveness, reimbursement and health economics, which are all ethical, scientific and economic issues. The conference took stock of these technologies and their potential effects. It was organized in partnership with the Académie des Technologies and benefited from testimonials from startups.

Thanks to Professor Jean-Pierre Michel, Luc Broussy (EHPA Presse & Conseil group), Nathalie Salles (President of the Société Française de Santé Digitale), Franck Mouthon (Theranexus), Professor René Amalberti (Académie des Technologies), Maximilien Petitgenet (Domalys), our patrons (CNP Assurances, Fondation Orpéa) and our partner nile.

Proceedings and summary of the forthcoming debate.

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Interview of Jean-Pierre Aquino

Interview of Maximilien Petitgenet

Interview of Stéphane Tholander

Interview of the Pr Jean-Pierre Michel

Interview of Luc Broussy

Interview of the Pr René Amalberti