Goodbye November 2019, you’ve brought us quite some advancements in Belgian Digital Health.
Sit back and enjoy our overview!
In November a new MedTech early-stage private equity fund called White Fund saw the light. WHITE FUND is venture capital fully dedicated on medtech companies and has an initial size of EUR 20 million to finance about 10 projects. Read more about it in the article by Numerikare (FR/NL) or this English article by tech.eu.
There’s a new startup in town, or rather city given Brussels is the home base of abel.care. Their goal is to make testing yourself for STDs discrete, fast and reliable. Read their press release in Dutch or French.
Four hospitals in Belgium have started with the evaluation of the depression module of MoodBuster, a flexible online platform and connected mobile app for the online treatment of psychological complaints. Read more about it on the web site of Thomas More (EN).
The Sint-Trudo hospital in Sint-Truiden is running a trial with wrist bands for patients to warn when they fall or get lost. Read and see the report from vrtnws here (NL).
The Vivalia hospital in Libramont introduced the usage of two new tools: an exoskeleton and an Innowalk which allows patients with moderate to severe physical disabilities to stand and move. Read the Numerikare report in French or Dutch.
VR tours in hospitals are up and coming. We reported about this recently and now also the ASZ hospital in Aalst is offering a VR tour in the maternity ward (NL).
Jacques de Toeuf, president of the Belgian eHealth platform shares his view on the e-Santé/e-Gezondheid plan for 2019 – 2021 in French here. Another Numerikare update on the status of improvements for the eHealth platform can be read in French or Dutch.
You can now register to become a blood donor at https://www.mijngezondheid.belgie.be/ and https://www.masante.belgique.be/#/. Read the press release from Minister De Block here (FR/NL).
Gezondheidenwetenschap.be now also has a counterpart in French: https://www.infosante.be/.
The Belgian Healthcare Knowledge Centre now provides an interactive tool aiming at helping healthcare professionals to guide them through a consultation discussing sexual health with their patients. Check out the tool here.
FarmaFlux featured a nice series of three blog posts about robots in healthcare. Check out the interview with Prof. Dr. Simoens (NL/FR), Prof. Decaestecker (NL/FR) and a look on drone transport in Africa (NL/FR).
Tom Braekeleirs, director of the Bluehealth Innovation Center, explained in a Kanaal Z report why Antwerp is a good spot for healthcare innovation. See the report here (NL). Tom as well wrote a column for Artsenkrant about the effect of AI on medicine which can be read here (NL).
Health House, the unique experience center about the future of healthcare, launched the first interactive patient education platform on Deep Brain Stimulation, DBS Select. Read more about it on the Health House website (EN).
When it comes to Artificial Intelligence, the field of Radiology has been of the first adopters in healthcare and as well one of the most discussed fields when it comes to replacing human experts with AI. Numerikare reports about the Symposium “AI in Radiology” where renowned experts such as Dr. Erik Ranschaert shared their vision on the role of AI in radiology and what to expect in the future. Read the report in French or Dutch. Spoiler: radiologists will not disappear.
The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp launched an app offering travellers real-time health information. Read the press release about Wanda, not the fish but the app, here in English.
Building Healthcare for Tomorrow held a workshop on the effect/opportunities/risks of 5G in healthcare. Numerikare summed up the key takeaways in French.
Research from UZA and Antwerp University has created a computer model that predicts the onset of liver cancer 8 years up front (NL/FR).
Already announced earlier this year AXA introduced the first telehealth service in Belgium called Doctors Online. Discover more about this telehealth product on the AXA website in Dutch or French.
We spotted two book releases from Belgian authors which are touching Digital Health in some areas. There’s Healthusiasm (EN) from Christophe Jauquet about making customers healthy and happy including attention for the digital disruption. Another book that got our attention is ePsychologie (NL) by Tom Van Daele on the use of digital technology for in the domain of psychology.
Good to know: We’re more likely to pick up Belgian Digital Health news when you’re using the hashtag #BeHealth when sharing it!
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