What happened in the Belgian Digital Health space in April? In case you weren’t paying full attention, no worries. We did. Here’s an overview of what happened in April in terms of Digital Health innovation in Belgium.
- In Gent Emma.health launched their online screening platform (NL) with a focus on preventing chronic diseases. Till the 25th of June you can get a one year account for free!
- The month had an excellent start for Osimis. The Liège based Medical Imaging company raised 2.3 Million Euro to accelerate its development. Read the press release here (EN) and watch the RTL report (FR).
- Belgian Big Data company LynxCare raised 1.75 Million Euro for further growth. Read the DataNews article here (NL).
- Belgian HealthIT company Custodix and its Clinical Data Network Insite was acquired by TriNetX, a global health research network (EN).
- Belgian wearable pioneers Byteflies were interviewed by Bloovi (NL) stating their clear ambition to become a global leader in their field.
- Datanews featured an article about Sneezz (NL), a Belgian startup providing allergy management at your fingertips.
- We’ve seen more and more Belgian hospitals using Virtual Reality to help patients deal with anxiety and pain over the past year. Often this is in collaboration with Belgian startup Oncomfort. AZ Sint-Maarten added another example to this exciting list of use cases for “clinical VR in Belgium” with their use of VR during the treatment of lymphedema as reported by De Specialist (FR/NL). There was as well a study done by the Queen Fabiola Children’s University Hospital on the positive impact of VR on children during a treatment. See the Numerikare article in French or Dutch.
- CHU de Charleroi launched a website that allows visitors to experience Virtual Reality for the treatment of phobias. Read the Numerikare article in French or Dutch.
- UZ Leuven and AZ Turnhout will launch a joint project to integrate videoconsulting into the EMR of UZ Leuven (Nexuzhealth). Read more about this in Dutch or French.
- The patient self-testing kiosk BeWell innovations is for the first time used in a Emergency Department in Belgium (NL/FR), in UZ Gent to be precise.
- The number of validated apps on MHealthBelgium, the government initiative for validated Digital Health apps, is gradually increasing. In April two additional apps were added: Syndo Health & mySugr
- Flanders will invest €10M in personalized medicine including Digital Health tools to support personalized medicine. Read more about this here (NL).
Other Noteworthy News
- The Flemish Red Cross launches an app that helps people with handling first aid emergencies. Numerikare reported about it here (NL).
- HIMSS Liège took place beginning of the month and prompted industry leaders to work towards a “co-designed” health and care system. The conclusions of the event can be found here (EN).
- Numerikare reports (NL) that the Apple Watch with ECG tracking is now also available in Belgium.
- Plenty of hospital devices can easily be hacked as reported by VRT Nieuws (NL) according to tests carried out by ethical hackers.
- In Gent Stressy is launched, a research project that sets out to map the causes of stress through wearable technology. Numerikare gives us some insights into the project and its plans (NL).
- IMEC revealed its Genome Analytics Platform (GAP), a unique platform that can perform a full genome analysis of 48 samples in only 48 hours and at an acceptable cost. Read the press release here (EN).
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