1 call, 2 objectives
On March 1st, the first edition of Connect2BHN was launched. Brussels SME’s were given the opportunity to connect to the Brussels Health Network. The selected companies will be able to introduce collected or generated data into the Electronic Health Record, making these data available for health practitioners. The objective of this call for the Brussels Region is double.
First, the selected e-health solutions will become interoperable with all hospitals and independent healthcare providers that have an access to the EHR. This should facilitate business development of the SME’s by avoiding the development of a single connector for each individual hospital of health care provider.
Second, the connector giving access to the BHN will help Brussels SME’s in their internationalization process as the BHN has been put to the international IHE standards, which is not the case for the Flemish and Walloon Hubs.
12 dossiers – 7 laureates – and more to come in the future
On March 31st, 12 applications were introduced. Selection was based on 4 criteria focusing on continuity of care and potential economic impact for Brussels. The 7 selected projects are Intuitim, Communicare, MoveUp, Zebra Academy, FamiDesk, Awell and Kisano. The selected projects generate useful data to be shared with other providers. These companies will benefit from the support of a project manager and a developer to create their connector to the BHN.
“We were positively surprised by the number of applications. It validates the interest of companies to be interoperable with the Brussels healthcare providers in a structured way. Reasons why some projects are either that they were out of scope, either that they needed to better define the scope of their project. They will be coached to improve their project. Another call is planned for September 2017, and will be open to any company meeting the criteria, including the ones having already submitted an application.”, outlines Azèle Mathieu, manager of lifetech.brussels
A bright future for Brussels ehealth interoperability!
This project is made possible thanks to the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER/EFRO)