onsdag 4 september 2019

Health Tech Scale-Ups in Germany

Operationalising the Innovation Partnership between Sweden and Germany


Swecare had the pleasure of supporting Socialdepartementet and eHälsomyndigheten with one of the workshops which took place during the Roundtable on the German-Swedish Partnership for Innovation in eHealth on Monday. Being able to use our vast and diverse network within the life-science ecosystem in Sweden to make sure that relevant interests are represented during such high-level discussions is one of our defining assets.

Ministers Lena Hallengren and Jens Spahn opened the Roundtable by stressing the need for cooperation between our two countries in order to maintain international competitiveness during these digital times. Both ministries were present in force leading the discussions of 54 participants during the course of the 4-hr afternoon meeting. The palpable commitment of all the public sector representatives, ranging from government officials, academic experts, to trade associations, during our the dialogue underline the scope of our engagement.

In the workshop on Digital Health Start Ups and Businesses, led by the charismatic Josefina Nungesser, Director of the Digital Hub Initiative at Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI), we discussed the new regulation passed by Germany allowing doctors to prescribe digital apps with health benefits which can then be reimbursed by the national health insurance system. From the Swedish side Swecare, IT&Telekomföretagen, HealthTech Nordic along with German counterparts from BitkomThe Federal Ministry of Health, The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and EnergyCharité, decided to organize a start up exchange during 2020. Targeting perhaps 10 new innovative companies ready to scale from each country, we will create a 2-day program, one day in each of our countries, where we will engage with key stakeholders in the scale-up journey:

  1. Science and innovation parks
  2. Test beds in or near university hospitals
  3. Regulators
  4. Potential investors
Get in touch if you are one of these new digital companies! Initiatives from the other groups will be communicated once we have the final report from the Roundtable.

At dinner after a long afternoon of discussions - graciously hosted by the The Federal Ministry of Health (BMG)

Photo Credit: Embassy of Sweden in Berlin
During our short trip to Berlin, Swecare, at the initiation of Business Sweden, also gave its larger member companies an opportunity to present their success stories and challenges in the German market to Minister Lena Hallengren, the Swedish Ambassador to Germany, and State Secretary Maja Fjaestad. Digital solutions for nursing homes and patient registries came up during these discussions and we hope to include these multi-nationals as we operationalise our partnership. The established companies have access to considerable resources - expertise, financing, network - that they are ready to share as we work towards common goals.


torsdag 22 augusti 2019

Laddat batterierna inför hösten?

Känner även ni att sommarsemestern gått fort?! Vi har redan avverkat mer än halva 2019 och snart är september månad här! Här på kansliet är vi full styrka igen och ser fram emot en fullspäckad höst med nya och gamla medlemmar. Den här veckan har vi tagit lite tid för planering men aktiviteterna är redan igång!

I höst har vi spännande resor på gång till Kina och Etiopien där den sistnämnda kommer ledas av statsråd Lena Hallengren den 4-6 november. Vi tar också emot flera inkommande besök från Kina, Argentina, Shanghai, Sydkorea och deltar på aktiviteter i bl a Tyskland samt förbereder för fullt vårt deltagande i EXPO2020. Vårt fokus på Indien fortsätter där vi planerar flera olika aktiviteter under hösten. För 2020 finns planer för resor till Mexico, Sydkorea och Japan. Vi planerar flera seminarier under hösten där företag inom samma områden får möjlighet att nätverka och diskutera hur man kan samarbeta kring exportfrämjande med stöd från Swecare. Den 12 september arrangerar vi ett seminarium om helhetslösningar tillsammans med den globala leverantören av sjukhus och andra anläggningar inom sjukvårdssektorn, VAMED. Vi välkomnar er alla att delta på tredje delen i vår populära seminarieserie "Patienten som en resurs i vården" i slutet på september. Fokus kommer ligga på vad som gäller för mjukvaruföretag/appar för att säkerställa best practice och se till att patienten används som en resurs på bästa sätt. Vilka standarder finns på plats, hur ser arbetet kring utvecklingen av standarder kring detta ständigt föränderliga område är några av frågorna som kommer diskuteras. Vi har glädjen att välkomna SiS, Läkemedelsverket (TBC) och Advokatbyrån Gulliksson för att kunna ge er tips.

En annan glad nyhet är att vår Vd Maria Helling blivit mamma till en liten flicka i slutet på maj och kommer fortsatt att njuta av att vara mammaledig till början på 2020. Under hennes frånvaro välkomnar vi Lotta Liljelund som vår Tf. Vd. Hon började i måndags och har snabbt fått sätta sig in i Swecares vardag! Lär känna Lotta nedan!

Tveka inte att kontakta oss om du har idéer på andra marknader eller områden som du tycker att vi borde uppmärksamma!

Lotta, Anna, Cécilia, Mikaela & Shampa


Berätta kort om dig?

Hur väl känner du till Swecare?
Ganska bra. Jag har tidigare varit ansvarig för exportfrämjande på Socialdepartementet och arbetade då mycket nära Swecare och fick möjlighet att lära känna både organisationen och de duktiga medarbetarna på kansliet. Jag satt även som suppleant i Swecares styrelse. Det ska därför bli väldigt roligt att få lära känna verksamheten från ”insidan”.

Hur känner du inför ditt uppdrag?

Spänd och lagom nervös! Jag ser väldigt mycket fram emot hösten och att få arbeta med kollegorna på Swecare för internationalisering av svensk life science. Det är en rolig utmaning, och lite nervöst, att ta över efter Maria med hennes långa erfarenhet och kompetens på området men tror att det ska gå bra. Jag tror och hoppas att jag kan bidra med nya perspektiv och kontakter från mina egna nätverk.

Varför ska man vara medlem i Swecare?

Därför att Swecare är den enda organisationen som fokuserar på exportfrämjande och internationalisering av svensk life science. Genom ett medlemskap i Swecare får man tillgång till en unik plattform som samlar privata och offentliga aktörer i Sverige och som samtidigt agerar som kontaktyta och ”dörröppnare” till beslutsfattare och viktiga aktörer i andra länder. Just dessa kontakter tror jag kan vara till stor nytta för ett företag i dess internationaliseringsarbete.

Kort fakta om Lotta Liljelund
Bor:
Lägenhet vid Telefonplan
Familj: Ja, en stor och bullrig bestående av föräldrar med respektive, syskon och syskonbarn
Utbildning: Pol.mag. med inriktning internationella relationer
Karriär: Har jobbat i Regeringskansliet sedan 2005 på olika departement men huvudsakligen på Socialdepartementet med främjande, forsknings- och innovationsfrågor. Nyss hemkommen från Peking där jag under de senaste tre åren arbetat på svenska ambassaden med frågor kopplat till hållbart företagande
Gör vid sidan av arbetet: En massa olika, tycker om att laga mat, gå långt och läsa. Vill alltid åka mer skidor, det är planen för kommande vinter
Lyssnar på: Pratpoddar och garanterat omodern taktfast musik som går bra att träna till
Läser: Mycket och gärna, just nu Transit, andra delen i en trilogi av Rachel Cusk, rekommenderas
Det gör mig stolt: Kanske låter töntigt men jag blir löjligt stolt när det går bra för Sverige i sport
Dold talang: Jag är bra på att blanda drinkar och har bra minne

tisdag 25 juni 2019

How to Make the Strategic Innovation Partnerships Work for You


Sweden has signed innovationspartnerskap with three countries - Germany, France, and India - since 2017. As described on their website, the purpose of the partnership is
"to work together and, through innovation, address the challenges of the transition to[wards] a more sustainable welfare society, create new jobs and maintain social cohesion [sic]."
While the dialogue between governments has been ongoing and some research collaborations among institutions have taken place, there has been little engagement with the third pillar in triple helix: the private sector. Aside from a few projects within clean energy financed by the state, few incentives have been created to encourage companies to leverage the partnership. This, however, does not mean that there are no exciting exchanges taking place.

Below are highlights from visits made by all three countries in the month of June.

Germany

Minister Barbara Klepsch, State Minister of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection of the Free State of Saxony, led a 30-person strong delegation under the theme: Digitization in Health Care.
Photo from https://www.ltu.se/
This trip is [...] particularly important to me, and I very much value thisopportunity of being able to strengthen the relations between Saxony and Sweden and to engender new collaborations."
The delegation - organised by Tysk-Svenska Handelskammaren and consisting of state, agency, insurance, and company representatives -  visited a number of Swedish companies along with Socialdepartementet, eHälsomyndigheten, the Royal Palace, and universities in Stockholm and Luleå. Swecare had the privilege of welcoming the delegation on its first day and presenting an overview of the Swedish health care system - our strengths, challenges, and vision.

One delegate felt both slightly disappointed and genuinely inspired that Sweden was not as digitised as he had feared, making collaborations on equal terms more likely.

France

Little did we know that when we invited CEO Pascal Roché of Ramsay Générale de Santé, current owners of Capio, for a half-day seminar in Stockholm, it would lead to one of the most interactive events of the year, with both presenters and audience engaging with complete frankness and good humour. Swecare and Business Sweden France hosted the event as a continuation of the conversation from the  conference in Paris on "Innovation in health: A French-Swedish dialogue” with more activities planned for the Fall.

Key take-aways:
  • From Pascal: Ramsay Générale de Santé reduces queues and costs by operating more efficiently due to successfully implementing small innovations across all their units. He advises President Macron as to how this can be done within France's public hospitals as well.
  • From Jan Gustavsson, Vice President Worldwide Sales for ScandiDos: If you are going to do business in France, keep a significant buffer for administrative costs which should be outsourced.
Macron mentioned health care twice during his five-minutes at the joint press conference held with Löfven early June. This is clearly a prioritised sector for France.

India


On the occasion of the India-Sweden Year of Health, the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs welcomed a high-level delegation from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Jodhpur led by its Director, Professor Sanjeev Misra. As part of this visit, Swecare organised an intimate round table for its members.

The aim of our close collaboration with AIIMS Jodhpur is to lay the foundation for scaling Swedish solutions and products to other AIIMS, with the exception of New Delhi, across India: 8 already functioning, 9 in the process of being built, 4 more planned. This also gives us the opportunity to operationalise the Innovation Partnership.

The 5-person delegation met with government agencies and institutions in Stockholm and Uppsala. They also had the opportunity to test VR tools and visit Swedish companies already engaged in projects in Jodhpur.

Next Steps

We are already planning the next activities in all three countries so please email us at Swecare if you want to be involved!

fredag 31 maj 2019

Converting Agreements into Action: Sweden-India Year of Health







Swecare had the privilege of welcoming a delegation from India organised by our longtime partner InnovatioCuris.
Region Uppsala


Highlights included a highly engaging round table discussion with key Swedish innovators at the incomparable H2 Health Hub in Stockholm and a seminar at Vitalis in Gothenburg.

Aula Medica - KI
The delegation visited Karolinska Institute and Hospital in Solna, Uppsala Region and University, Surgical Science, Sahlgrenska, AstraZeneca's BioVentureHub, and GoCo Health Innovation City during their 4-day trip.

The focus of the delegation was to explore concrete collaboration opportunities between innovators in our two countries - taking the Innovation Partnership signed by Modi and Löfven last year to the next level.











Delegates

VR at Surgical Science
  • Dr Sandeep Bhalla, Director of Training, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI): leading the capacity building initiatives for Primary care physicians in chronic disease management and injuries .
  • Deepali Jetley, Qwazent: Managing Partner from an all-female executive search firm with health care focus.
  • Kingshuk Poddar, AIC-AMTZ Medivalley Incubation Council: a comprehensive entrepreneur incubation hub catering to convergence technologies in the field of Medtech, Nutratech and Biotech.
  • Rohini Pimple, Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad (RICH): an initiative conceived to unlock the national treasure created by the top scientific research institutions in Telangana State, and to actively facilitate the process of taking their research to market.
  • Rajesh R. Singh, Wadhwani Initiative for Sustainable Healthcare (WISH) Foundation: improving the quality of and access to primary healthcare for under-served communities in India by appropriately introducing promising healthcare innovations in the public health system.
  • Sachin Gaur, InnovatioCuris: expert in cyber security and frugal innovations in health care.
  • Dr VK Singh, InnovatioCuris: veteran doctor with a decades long career in the Indian military and extensive network in India.
If you were unable to join us during last week's activities and are interested in pursuing any of these contacts, please get in touch. Further information: InnoBRIDGE 2019.

Upcoming projects & activities (email Swecare if interested):
Linda Swirtun, Vinnova
  • New Initiative - building a much broader and stronger platform in infection control, where as many Swedish institutions and companies as possible are engaged, establishing a Vision Zero for hospital acquired infections, similar to what has been done for road traffic accidents in Sweden and now exported to India.
  • Strengthening Collaboration - reducing environmental risks from antibiotic production & sustainable solutions through building alliances. On the issue, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) suggests a multi stakeholder call for action.
  • Vinnova Call - company-driven research and innovation projects (Smart Cities & Clean Energy, Digitisation & IoT). Deadline 15 August - more information.
  • Incoming visit - Director of AIIMS Jodhpur 12-14 June.

Seminar at Vitalis 2019

tisdag 21 maj 2019

Successful Networking Event Kindle Strong Connections















Last week, it was finally time for this year’s most exclusive event for our members, the annual CEO reception hosted by the Ministry of Health & Social Affairs.

On Wednesday afternoon, 70 VIP´s gathered to mingle and get an exclusive moment with the Minister for Social Affairs, Ms. Lena Hallengren and her State Secretary, Ms. Maja Fjaestad along with CEOs within our broad member network.

This year the event was not held at Rosenbad (as it’s under renovation) but in the newly refurbished building on Herculesgatan 17, right next to the prestigious building "Adelcrantzska Palatset". The guest area was bright and airy with a beautiful view of the palace. The CEO networking event gives a unique opportunity for our member companies to meet and talk about promotion efforts and exports.

The reception started with a short welcome note by Mr. Niclas Jacobson, Deputy Director General, Division for EU and International Affairs at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, where he expressed the Ministry's appreciation for the valuable cooperation between the public and private sectors and Swecare's role to facilitate this.

The event culminated with inspiring presentations from our Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Ms. Lena Hallengren and her State Secretary, Ms. Maja Fjaestad. Both held engaging speeches about their desire to support and promote efforts to bring Swedish innovations to the rest of the world.

Minister Hallengren mentioned that she enjoyed the Triple Helix approach of the ministerial delegation of +30 delegates to India in February that Swecare organized with the Ministry, the Embassy and Business Sweden. Ms. Hallengren said she gained a better understanding of the needs of our member companies when entering a market and finished by saying that she looks forward to contributing even more on her next trip with the member companies of Swecare, planned to go to Ethiopia.


Ms. Fjaestad referred to the importance of technological development; from the printing press to the internet; technological innovations like the mobile phone that have given us new methods of sharing messages with each other, from the traditional pen and paper to a computer in our pocket. Many of our member companies are investing in such technology, e.g. digital health platforms, and other solutions that are becoming an integrated part of healthcare and indeed of our lives. These have the potential to increase efficiency in healthcare provision while also increasing the quality. Thus, political support for the development and dissemination of such solutions is important.

Before opening the floor for more networking, we had the pleasure to listen to two of our member companies, Surgical Science and EMPE Diagnostics. Mr. Gisli Hennermark talked about the importance of simulation tools within healthcare. Their mission is to give surgeons an excellent platform to train the fundamental technical skills of keyhole surgery before entering the operation room. For 20 years, Surgical Science has provided state-of-the-art medical training simulators that focus on ease of use and validation, so that surgeons can learn the practical techniques of instrument handling in a realistic but safe environment. This way, they can pay 100% attention to the patient once they begin their practice. 

Mr. Pavan Asalapuram talked about the benefits for a start-up of being part of a network like Swecare. EMPE Diagnostics joined Swecare in 2017 and has rapidly grown from a one-man company to a work force of 10 employees! EMPE Diagnostics has developed a patented solution for rapid diagnosis and resistance determination of tuberculosis, even for clinics with limited resources. The product has been validated on clinical samples and is expected to be market ready by the end of this year.

The event continued for an hour with intensive mingling and fruitful connections were made between both new and old contacts. Our chairman, Vivianne Macdisi thanked everyone and expressed our gratitude to the Ministry of Health & Social Affairs for organizing this special event each year for our members, and last but not least sent a big thank you to our members for enabling us to create such warm receptions. We look forward to seeing you next year!






onsdag 15 maj 2019

Besök hos Fillauer


Ett nyfiket Swecare- gäng var på besök hos Fillauer i Sollentuna häromdagen, ett relativt nytt medlemsbolag till oss, sedan början på 2019.







Fillauer utvecklar, producerar och säljer ortoser och proteser. Vi fick inledningsvis en presentation om Fillauers histora, de har funnits ända sedan 1914 och är än idag ett familjeföretag som nu drivs av fjärde generationen ortopedingenjörer. Det är just viljan till att underlätta livet för sina patienter som har varit pushen i deras produktutveckling. Vi hade glädjen att sitta ned med Fillauer Europe´s VD Kevin Moore, säljchef Poya Panah och marknadschef Alexander Engström. 



Fillauer Europe har sitt huvudkontor i Sollentuna och har därifrån säljansvar för hela världen, förutom Nord- och Sydamerika, Japan och Australien som sköts från moderbolaget i USA. Det svenska varumärket står sig högt även inom området ortopedi, det var vår innovationskraft i Sverige och den högt ansedda ortopedutbildningen i Jönköping som var motiv till placering av huvudkontoret i Sverige.

Vi gick även igenom vilka exportmarknader de har på sin prioriteringslista på kort och långsikt. Den stämde till stor del bra överens med Swecares kommande aktiviteter och vi ska se vad mer som kan läggas till på listan. Besöket var mycket lärorikt och vi fick en guidad tur i produktionen för att få djupare insikt i alla de delar de har under ett och samma tak. Det vi inte förstått innan var hur mycket konst och detaljrikedom som ligger bakom varje produkt. Vi lärde oss även skillnaderna mellan ortos och protes. Att ortoser är olika typer av hjälpmedel som används som ett yttre stöd på en kroppsdel medan proteser ersätter en förlorad eller skadad del av kroppen. En av deras mest omtalade produkter är deras ortos Dynamic Walk som är utvecklad för att göra livet enklare för personer med droppfot för att de ska orka mer, den går att använda i vanliga skor. Vilken förhöjning av livkvalité ni kan förmedla med ert arbete!

Med det här vill vi tacka Fillauer för att ni tog emot oss under en spännande förmiddag och ser framemot att kunna hjälpa er ut på nya marknader och lära känna er ännu mer!

fredag 10 maj 2019

Flanders - inspirational weekend reading


The Future of E-health in Belgium

This week we had the opportunity to hold a seminar together with Flanders Investment & Trade to  explore the latest digitalization partnership opportunities within the Belgian healthcare system. The interest for the seminar was high and it was very nice to see so many Swecare members represented; Zenicor Medical Systems, Raytelligence, Camanio Care, WeCare AB, Predicare, Doctrin and Karolinska Institutet.



Mikael Larsson, foreign investment advisor opened the seminar with a short introduction of Flanders Investment & Trade, which is a government agency supporting companies interested in investing in Flanders with assistance and information. They have more than 70 regional offices worldwide.

Elucidating the Belgian healthcare system within a couple of hours is no easy task but invited guest speaker Peter Raeymakers, from Zorgnet Icuro, gave an excellent presentation.

To understand the basics, he opened the presentation by letting us know that Flanders is the Dutch-speaking northern portion of Belgium. The capital of Flanders is Brussels, which is also the capital of Belgium and home to the headquarters of the EU and NATO. Flanders has its own parliament and government. Flanders, despite not being the biggest part of Belgium by area, is the area with the largest population (68.5%). 7,876,873 out of 11,491,346 Belgian inhabitants live in Flanders or the bilingual city of Brussels.



Present-day Flanders (dark green) shown within Belgium and Europe.
Brussels is considered part of the geographical region but is politically separate.

The Belgian healthcare system is mainly organised into two levels: federal and regional. Responsibility for healthcare policy is shared between the federal government, the Federal Public Service Social Security, the National Institute for Sickness and Disability Insurance (INAMI), and the Dutch-, French-, and German-speaking community Ministries of Health. The federal government is responsible for regulating and financing the compulsory health insurance, determining accreditation criteria, financing hospitals and so-called ‘heavy’ medical care units, as well as legislation covering different professional qualifications, and registration of pharmaceuticals and their price control. The regional governments are responsible for health promotion, maternity and child health services, some aspects of elderly care, implementation of hospital accreditation standards, and financing of hospital investment.

The Belgium healthcare system is divided into state and private sectors, with fees payable in both, funded by a combination of Belgian social security contributions and health insurance funds. With mandatory health insurance, patients are free to choose their own medical professionals and places of treatment. Patients generally pay costs upfront and are reimbursed a proportion of the charges for medical and dental fees, hospital care and treatment, maternity costs and prescriptions through their Belgian health insurance fund. Doctors work in public and/or private settings. Dentists are almost all private. Hospitals and clinics are private and usually managed by universities, religious organizations or mutuelle/ziekenfonds.

In 2013, Belgium’s total health expenditure was 10.2% of the GDP, which is 6th highest among the EU-15 (OECD, 2015). The Belgian health system is primarily funded through social security contributions and taxation. Public sector funding as a percentage of total expenditure on healthcare fluctuates around 70%.

1/3 of the Belgian hospitals are operating in the red and that is due to the increasing cost of healthcare. Another substantial factor in Belgium, are the costs of medical professionals. This is a wake-up call to restructure funding and provision approaches.


As Belgium is on the verge of reforming its health care system, it is the perfect moment for Swecare members to engage in this transformation and benefit from new opportunities. With 11 million inhabitants, an ageing population which increases the need for collaboration in efficient healthcare, couple with the fast pace of technological change, Belgium needs to invest in innovation.

The Swedish think tank Health Consumer Powerhouse (HCP) has been comparing 35 European care systems since 2005 and presented a study in February this year showing that Belgium has risen to the 5th spot in the European health index, up from 8. Belgium is lauded for its quick and good treatments, high levels of child vaccinations, and the affordability of health care. Long waiting lists in mental health care and a lack of information are identified as points where action should be taken.

Now, start-ups are rising in the e-health sector. They provide solutions that combat the healthcare challenges of today:
  • People are making worse lifestyle decisions with higher risks of chronic diseases as a result
  • Rising costs creates friction to democratize healthcare for everyone
  • Seniors are getting older and older


Just to name a few examples of the challenges, Belgium aims to be the place-to-be for HealthTech innovations, attracting talent and innovations from all over the world.

Belgium has big plans for implementing E-health in the healthcare system. It’s now possible to share medical information and ‘documents’ of patients on secured platforms. It is termed the EPD (Elektronisch Patiënten Dossier) in Belgium. Every caregiver will have access to the relevant information of their patient. Easier access supports multidisciplinary care and drives collaboration between the specialists. These elements increase the quality of care. Patients are included in this e-health transformation. They can have access to their medical records, which helps them to be on track with their health. Furthermore, communication between patients, caregivers and other stakeholders will improve with the EPD. Electronic platforms ensure processes to run even smoother.
However, while many health data are being collected and published in Belgium, some data are collected but are not used (e.g. morbidity indicators), while for other areas such as nursing, primary care, psychiatry, elderly and nursing homes, and non-reimbursed payments only limited data are available. In addition, the coordination to integrate the data available for policy decision should be strengthened.

Peter explained more about the national project “eHealth Hubs & MetaHub” coordinated by the eHealth platform is meant to make medical results from hospitals (and in the near future medical laboratories) available to any caregiver who currently is treating the patient. For detailed information see https://www.ehealth.fgov.be/nl/zorgverleners/online-diensten/hubs-metahub. This system supplements the traditional system of addressed ‘email type’ communication to individual referrers.
Before medical data about a patient can be shared, that patient has to grant the “eHealth informed consent” (see http://www.patientconsent.be). Further, care providers declare a therapeutic relationship with the patient.

Communication between the hubs and between external physicians and a hub is according to the KMEHR standard: https://www.ehealth.fgov.be/standards/kmehr/content/page/web-services



M-Health Belgium
Peter also talked about mHealthBELGIUM, which is the Belgian platform for mobile applications that are CE-marked as a medical device. It offers all the relevant and necessary information to patients, healthcare professionals and healthcare institutions regarding these mobile applications. The information on this platform covers CE-marking, GDPR, compliance with security and authentication rules and how the app is financed. mHealthBELGIUM is an initiative of the Federal Belgian Government. This platform of 24 selected projects are operated by Agoria & beMedTech, in close cooperation with NIHDIFAMHP & the eHealth Platform.

The Belgian government with Maggie De Block (minister of Public Health) at the forefront sees these life-changing opportunities. Her aim is to incorporate M-health into the healthcare. But before M-health solutions are implemented, they will go through a validation pyramid. The validation pyramid analyses whether an application is safe, secure and provides benefit to the patient, caregiver or the healthcare system. That is to say healthcare is one of the slowest sectors to adopt healthcare technology. Therefore, to fast-track these applications, this evaluation model will ‘test’ and ‘fail solutions quicker. No more delays of valuable innovations accessing healthcare.


De Block has performed the validation pyramid on 24 M-health applications and published the first results. As expected, the main benefit is that patients are more involved in their health maintenance. They are more willing to follow through with their treatment, feel supported and safely tracked by a caregiver on distance. Giving the patient control, also drives healthier choices in lifestyle.

Peter mentioned that there’s a good chance for you to enter the Belgian market with your health app, but it must be a medical device. Please visit; www.mhealthbelgium.be and read the FAQs and how to apply, etc.

Peter represented Zorgnet Icuro which is a network of health care organizations, general hospitals, elderly care clinics with around 775 members and employing around 129.000 people. Their goal is to exchange information, knowledge and ideas in health care. And to discuss several issues in the healthcare sector.

Before the seminar ended, we had the pleasure to listen to Collective Minds Radiology AB a small start-up which sells a platform for Radiologists. They’ve just entered the Belgian market by landing on a right contact through LinkedIn and had the same morning signed a contract with AZ West Hospital in Veurne and will during next week introduce their platform to other hospitals in the region.

Amber Ryckewaert from Flanders Investment & Trade wrapped up and invited all participants and members of Swecare to join them on a 2-day study visit to Flanders some time during week, 21-25 October 2019. The outline is not ready yet as they wish You to come with your wishes! So, if you’re interested in entering the Belgian market please contact Amber RYCKEWAERT, amber.ryckewaert@flanderstrade.com for more information!

We say a big thank you to Flanders Investment & Trade for making this an interesting event for our members!