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“Belgian legislation passed during the COVID-19 pandemic has repercussions for manufacturers and distributors of medicines and medical devices.”
Discover the article written by Annabelle Bruyndonckx  & Vladimir Murovec from Simmons & Simmons (internation law firm).

Our entrepreneurs offer support/solutions to healthcare professionals fighting against covid-19.

Digital solutions

What is your solution ?
The digital tool for better communication between patients and their caregivers. ADVELOX© – Secure Communication Platform (GDPR) – offers the possibility to better manage and organise telephone consultations between patients and their caregivers (e.g. GPs) and also to respond to any other request, with the main aim of reassuring patients and avoiding unnecessary travel.

Who is the targeted segment? And how does it work?
Healthcare professionals
1°/ register free of charge on the ADVELOX.com site as a healthcare professional.
2°/ invite patients, after registering free of charge, to connect to you via ADVELOX.com to request advice, advice and various requests, including in particular a telephone appointment.
3°/ respond to their request either by writing advice, sending documents, or by determining the time at which you will call them or they will call you for the telephone consultation.

Why is your solution better than the status quo?
by using ADVELOX©, you will be able to better manage your schedule, you will be less disturbed with impunity and you will see your expertise and availability finally honoured.

Contact or more info: www.advelox.com

Discover the solution on Youtube

What is your solution ?
Andaman7 is a full personal health record with multiple features.
Andaman7 provides a Pandemic Module with very concrete features/solutions to help manage the pandemic.

Who is the targeted segment?
Andaman7 helps patients, health care professionals, hospitals, call centers and governments.

Why is your solution better than the status quo?
Andaman7 is free for patients and provides exceptional opportunities for care and research stakeholders.  One solution for many use cases.  Andaman7 does not store medical data in the cloud.  Andaman7 is a trusted partner: we are GDPR, HIPAA, GCP and 21 CFR part 11 compliant (FDA).

How Andaman7 can help (docs.google)

Contact or more info: https://www.andaman7.com/

What is your solution ?
We have built 2 different digital care pathways:
– Screening care pathway: A digital publicly available care pathway that supports caregivers by automatically triaging worried patients into suspected and non-suspected COVID-19 cases according to official guidelines. Furthermore we do a follows up on  patients for 14 days.
– Post-hospital care pathway: Care pathway that follows up on patients who have visited the ER or had been admitted to the hospital

Who is the targeted segment?
GPs and hospitals

Why is your solution better than the status quo?
By using an automatic screening tool we help the healthcare professionals to focus on the patients who really need medical care in a hospital and we keep patients who doesn’t need professional help outside the hospitla setting. Furthermore by using our pathways we ensure a proper follow-up of covid-19 patients and allow to build a database on the covid-19 virus.

About Awell Health (pdf)

Contact or more info: awellhealth.com/coronavirus-covid-19

What is your solution ?
A telemetry bracelet, integrated in YOUtonomy-Sidly – a fragilized people accompaniment digital platform, for continuous remote monitoring of oxygen saturation, pulse and body temperature of patients with Coronavirus.
This is simply attached to the wrist and digitally transmits securely vital data and alarms (configured remotely), to the care provider.
This SIDLY-Care bracelet also has a direct alarm function, as the “help button” in hospitals, which triggers 3 cascading emergency calls and an alarm of SOS.

Who is the targeted segment ?
Hospitals, as well as support centers, such as rest homes, day support centers or accommodation institutions, medical houses, or simply general practitioners.

Why is your solution better than the status quo ?
it is a follow-up and help in an emergency that can save lives.
It lightens the load of healthcare workers, who will spend less time taking daily measurements and can react to a sudden change in the patient’s situation.
The system can be quickly and easily deployed.
It develops a help community for the beneficiary.

The video of the Sidly-Care system deployed in a hospital

Contacts or more info:
edevinck@clusteo.com / www.clusteo.com /+32 495 55.15.85 – Emmanuel de Vinck

Consortium « Flattening The Curve » is tech-digital  360 approach to fight the Covid-19 pandemic including an Application called « KO-vid.be »
This consortium, led by Keyrus Life Science & Adunio, designed a system that relies on the combination of different technologies .

What is your solution?
Our consortium is the fruit of a national alliance of companies & Scientifics that are joining forces to offer the citizens, the government, the health authorities and the scientific communities the means to make informed decisions in managing the Covid-19 crisis. All with  a common goal: Flattening The Curve !
With a scrutinous respect of privacy legislation, our solution combines a contact tracing app using DP3T called « KO-vid.be » together with AI powered data science.
We are all driven by the absolute need of respecting privacy and the citizens’ fundamental rights and autonomy.

Who is the targeted segment?
We provide digital support / tools to the citizens to stop /detect the virus  and to protect population in a full respect of  privacy & GDPR  !
This support can reinforce medical insights, academics or governement to have a better respons towards the Covid19 pandemic in Belgium and abroad.

How does it work?  Why is your solution better than the status quo?
Our application KO-vid.be gives every citizen the opportunity to become a virus detector and protects your family and friends by protecting yourself .
Thanks to this application, the citizen can :

-Use a medical questionnaire/ Pré-test covid-19 at any time

  • -Have a link with online governmental informations/hot news Covid-19
  • -Have a « covid touch » diary of the last days in case of contamination- ensuring that the « contact centers », already in place, are better and faster informed, in order to provide the best
    help for the population
  • -Receive the advice to go for a testing and/or for contacting primary care and/or for link with « contact centers »
  • -Link with other countries (for safety holidays)

People without a smartphone can still make their contribution.  We provide Bluetooth tags that work in the same way smartphones can register contacts.  All totally anonymous!

Contact details: For any further details, visit www.flatteningthecurve.eu or contact us by email: info@adun.io or michele.paque@keyrus.com

What is your solution ?
Helena.care is a free and highly-secured patient-oriented platform.

Who is the targeted segment?
For patients, to manage their health documents. For medical professionals, to send documents to a patient.

Why is your solution better than the status quo?
Patients can already manage their medical documents online.
By 23/3, a doctor will be able to organize a tele-consultation.

Contact or more info: www.helena.care 

What is your solution?
A digital platform to support people living with epilepsy and healthcare professionals in monitoring and managing the epilepsy. A continuity of care is crucial for people living with chronic disorders and as all non-urgent consultations are cancelled because of COVID-19, we are implementing video consultation functionalities. Thanks to this, and with the current access of health-related data, our neurologists will be able to provide teleconsultation without putting their patients or themselves at risk.

Who is the targeted segment? And How does it work?
For people living with epilepsy and their caregivers, the Helpilepsy mobile application helps to better understand and manage the epilepsy. This by tracking seizures, treatments, side effects, consultations,…

For healthcare professionals, the Helpilepsy web platform helps to better understand, manage and communicate with the patient. This thanks to easy-to-interpret dashboards, a prepared patient and reports that are easy to implement in the electronic medical record.

Why is your solution better than the status quo?
Currently, most follow-up is done on paper diaries. Digitalizing this follow-up is more user-friendly for people living with epilepsy and increases the number of data for the healthcare professional.

Contact details:  https://helpilepsy.com, covid-19@helpilepsy.com Tel: +32 473 36 41 92 – Ludovic Ampe

What is your solution ?
ISA is the 24/7 assistant for the nurses to prevent falls of seniors and disabled people.

Who is the targeted segment?
Hospitals, Rehab centers, Nursing homes, Service flats

And how does it work?
ISA is an ambient intelligence present in the bed room, bath room or anywhere a fall may occure

Why is your solution better than the status quo?
ISA is not a wearable, the person has nothing to wear and nurse has nothing to worry about

Discover the solution (.pdf)

Contact or more info: www.mintt.care / contact@mintt.care / + 32 2 319 53 39

What is your solution ?
In this period of time, residents are often confined in their room with less and very busy staff to take care of them. In addition, a limited activity means a potentially degraded heath and an increased risk of fall.

Based on a small, non intrusive, contactless device on the ceiling, Kaspard detects falls and abnormally long bed exits and sends a real-time alarm to the nursing staff. The nurses are aware of a fall without having to enter every single room.

Who is the targeted segment? Nursing homes

How does it work ? You contact us and we can deliver easy-to-install devices to your home without having to enter the premises. Once installed, the nurses will receive the alarms either on their DECT or on a separate device.

Why is your solution better than the status quo? By using Kaspard, you will be able to react rapidly in case of a fall and often before a fall. The staff will not have to enter every single room neither to do additional checking tours to discover an adverse event.

Contact details: www.kaspard.com, Philippe Kaplan  0472 84 75 10, philippe@kaspard.com

What is your solution ?

Medicus AI has developed the CoVive solution to help “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 contaminations and relieve care areas during periods of containment and during the transition to decontainment.

Who is the targeted segment ?

Global population : The use of this application is free for its users, complementary to the actions undertaken by the health authorities, and makes the data collected available to Regional Health Agencies and researchers.

Why is your solution better than the status quo?

Several modules in a single app : logistical support, Monitoring of symptoms, Immune Passport and Test Interpretation, Feedback and Research, Further information

Useful website/link & contact details : contact : jules.caput@medicus.ai website : covive.ai

What is your solution ?

  1. A coaching platform to monitor, guide and coach patients that can no longer go to their physical therapists
  2. A simple monitoring protocol for patient who have to stay at home because of symptoms suspected to be COVID19

Who is the targeted segment?

  1. Physical therapists that can no longer treat their patients because they can’t come to the practice anymore. With moveUP, they will be able to monitor how their patients are doing, assign them exercices, and communicate with them to guide them in their treatment.
  2. GP & patients to monitor covid-19 patients.

      how does it work? 

  • GP asks the patient to download the moveUP app and register with a dedicate code
  • The patient will automatically get assigned to the covid-19 protocol, and answer some profile questions (age, co-morbidities, etc..)
  • On a daily basis the patient will report his/her symptoms (fever, headache,  etc…) and the activities he/she has done, and get some advise on how to stop the spread of the disease and how to feel better
  • The GP can monitor hundreds of patients at the same time from the dashboard. If the symptoms deteriorate, the GP can decide to activate the messaging system and communicate with the patient / ask more information or give specific recommendations.

Why is your solution better than the status quo?

  1. The status quo is stop of the continuity of care for patient that were under treatment. With the cancellation of all ellective surgeries, patients are left alone in their home with no possiblity to manage their symptoms. moveUP will enable patients to be supported and physical therapists to keep working for patient that can be treated remotely.
  2. Save time for GP and safer – enables to monitor how the virus is spreading in the population and forecast intake in hospitals

 Contact details: hello@moveup.care  – https://www.moveup.care/ 

What is your solution ?
Opal Solitions delivers software and services for decision support in resource planning and workload management in hospitals.
Careboard enables institutions (hospitals, clinics, rest homes, etc) to monitor covid-19 cases in a structured way

Who is the targeted segment?
The dashboard and decision support tool are designed for heads of department.

Contact or more info: www.careboard.pro

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What is your solution ?

Progenda.be delivers an online booking system for health professionals.

Who is the targeted segment?

Patients can book a medical appointment online and the health professional sees it directly in its calendar.

Why is your solution better than the status quo?

Innovation facing Covid 19? We adapted the online booking process to organize easily booking of consultations by phone. Also, we show in the booking process official Covid-19 guidelines.

 

Contact or more info: www.progenda.be

The current circumstances related to COVID-19 can be a source of anxiety.

What is your solution ?
PSYSOLIDAIRES, a psychological digital platform, offers free online consultations to support people who are having a hard time with the new measures.

Who is the target segment?
Anyone experiencing anxiety or distress related to COVID-19 can make a request on the site www.psysolidaires.org in order to be helped by a psychologist.

Why is your solution better than the status quo?
We offer free support for people who need it in the current circumstances.

Contact details: www.psysolidaires.org 

A tool for monitoring COVID-19 patients at home by the attending physician

What is your solution ?

COVID19 – eMonitoring First Line, a free and reliable tool for monitoring COVID-19 patients at home has been created at the initiative of The Faktory, an alliance of volunteer developers in partnership with the Réseaux Santé Wallon et Bruxellois [Wallonia and Brussels Healthcare Networks]. The operation is carried out in close cooperation with the French-speaking College of General Medicine.

How does the application work in practice?

The patient is registered with the application by his or her general practitioner. He or she is invited by SMS, twice a day or as required by his or her state of health, to send a series of indicators via an online questionnaire: temperature, respiratory discomfort, pulse, chest pain, etc. On the basis of the parameters sent in, which are analysed by a medically validated algorithm, the patient is assigned a severity colour code (green: stable state; orange: at risk;  red: critical). For his part, the doctor has  continuous feedback from his computer or smartphone on his patient’s clinical signs.

Less than 48 hours after it was launched, SafeLink is already being used by 503 doctors to monitor 374 patients at home who are infected with Covid19 or are suspected of being so.

The operators Telenet, Base, Orange, Proximus and RingRing are providing substantial technical and financial support for this project for sending SMSs to patients.

Added value for the doctor and for the scientific management of the epidemic

The general practitioner connects to Covid19 – eMonitoring First Line from his computer or smartphone. It is not necessary to have installed anything on these devices. His identity and status as a doctor are verified using the authentication tools of the Wallonia and Brussels Healthcare Networks.

The general practitioner has a dashboard on his screen which provides rapid information on the progress of his Covid19 patients. An algorithm adapted to the Belgian context with the help of the academic bench of the College of General Medicine is used to assign a severity colour code to each patient:  green for a stable state, orange for at risk, and red for a critical state.

The doctor can thus decide whether to transfer patients in a ‘critical state’ to the sorting centre or to hospital. Furthermore, as the tool can be used to transmit clinical information, the information will also be relayed in the form of a patient note in the safe of the Wallonia and Brussels Healthcare Networks visible through the general practitioner’s  electronic health record and the computerized patient records of hospitals.

Covid19 – eMonitoring First Line has the added advantage of making anonymized data available quickly to researchers and authorities to help guide the decision-making process for managing the epidemic.

Contact details: https://reseausantebruxellois.be/info@abrumet.be

At Savics we have 3 tools that can help in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. Our applications have been used in many countries for several years for the surveillance and management of infectious diseases, like TB, HIV, Ebola and now we have adapted our technology to also address the current COVID-19 situation.

What is your solutions ?

  1. DataToCare
    A laboratory connectivity solution for diagnosis, surveillance, and data management of the disease on a local and national level.
  2. Alics
    Real time data on the location, quantity and availability of resources like beds, ventilators, masks and other equipment.
  3. MediScout
    Guide people in the surveillance, testing and treatment of the disease through smart surveys.
    Includes AI-tool for mapping of areas at high risk for COVID-19.

Ready to deploy ?
Our solutions have been developed and proven and are ready to be deployed. The setup in any country can be
performed in 3 to 4 days and when customizations are requested, these can be done in an additional 2 to 3 days.
Moreover, our systems can be interconnected with existing health systems and databases like DHIS2, OpenMRS, LIMS,
etc.

For more than COVID-19
DataToCare, Alics and Mediscout have the capability of integrating multiple diseases (Tuberculosis, HIV, Hepatitis,
Meningitis, Flu, etc.) and cover a large range of devices and tests (GeneXpert, Culture, Microscopy, DST, LPA, TBlamp,
Abbott, Roche, Molecular, Rapid-test, etc.).
Our solutions have been used in multiple countries (in Africa, South-East Asia and Europe) and are always
customized to the country’s needs.

Key Benefits
● Implementation and customization can be carried out in the matter of days/weeks.
● Multi-disease management (Tuberculosis, HIV, Hepatitis, Meningitis, Flu, etc.)
● Interoperability, interconnectivity and data protection of these tools have been proven with different systems
and machines in African countries that include Rwanda, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco etc.
● All products have the ability to track, monitor, report and educate on multiple diseases, they have already been
used on TB, HIV, Malaria and COVID-19.
● Each product has desktop as well as mobile versions, increasing their reach and value to health actors
● Our solutions have both offline and online functionality, whereby the data is stored and only uploaded when
connectivity is restored.

Discover the solutions

Contact or more info: www.savics.org/covid-19/, Xavier Morelle – +32 (0)28 81 02 03, xavier@savics.org

What is your solution ?

Shyfter is the next level employee scheduling software. Planning your staff and organising shifts according to required skills and availability is a real headache. Shyfter ease your planning process by offering an intelligent and intuitive online scheduling tool.

Who is the targeted segment?

Any organizations that need to plan employee. Shyfter has been designed to gain in efficiency and speed. On average, we reduce the time spent on scheduling by a couple of hours per week.

Why is your solution better than the status quo?

We have developed a proprietary shift replacement system based on staff skills and availabilities. Our system also adapts to the various legal constraints on working hours.

Innovation facing Covid 19? 

We have decided to make the full power of Shyfter available FREE OF CHARGE to all medical staff during the lockdown period.

Contact or more info: https://shyfter.co ou https://shyfter.co/fr/coronavirus-aide-hopital/

What is your solution ?

  • A platform to follow the daily measurements of cardiac patients,
  • A digital coaching program to guide and support cardiac patients in the management of their disease,
  • Weekly calls between the patients and our Coach-nurses to support them in the adherence to their treatment and the adoption of a healthier life style.

Who is the targeted segment?

  • Cardiologists and GPs who have to cancel or reschedule their consultations to avoid patients becoming contaminated in waiting rooms and ensure maximal readiness for supporting any Corona-related cases.
  • Cardiac patients who are more at risk of serious illness if they catch the coronavirus.  It is crucial that they are followed-up regularly, but due to consultations cancellation, these patients might face an increased risk of ill-managing their condition, resulting in a deterioration of their health.

And how does it work?

  • Cardiologists and GPs send an email to info@syndo.be and they receive automatically an access to our dashboard and to a prescription link.
  • Patients register themselves with the prescription received by their doctor or directly via https://www.syndo.be/subscription or via info@syndo.be
  • Syndo call the patients and enroll them in the program.
  • Our Coach-nurses follow the patients daily measurements, call the patient every week and send a report to their doctors if needed.

Why is your solution better than the status quo?

In light of the Corona epidemic, patients have less direct contacts with their medical team, they stay at home without seeing their relatives and are stressed with this situation. Our personal Syndo coaches are the first point of contact during this “quarantine” period for any questions or concerns, they motivate patients to keep focused on their treatment while keeping a good mental health.

Furthermore, during this crisis, doctors have the assurance to be in contact only with their patients when needed.

Contact details ? Sandre Schnock – info@syndo.behttps://www.syndo.be

What is your solution ?
Toubipbip is a Medical Secretary offering secretarial services linked with a medical agenda allowing online appointments, messaging platform, waiting rooms management, … . We also offer Video Consultation for all practitioners. In this Corona virus crisis, we are acting as firstliner for the first line of GP by qualifying patient and their needs. Allowing GP to save time for their ill patient.

Who is the targeted segment?
All Health professionals: General Practitioner, Specialists, Dentists, physiotherapist,…

Why is your solution better than the status quo?
By offering online appointment, video consultation and personal secretary, We allow doctors to really focus on the patient during their consultation. Patient can make online appointment and get a personal responds to his needs.

Contact or more info:  www.toubipbip.be – Michael Ralet, Managing Director – mralet@toubipbip.be

In Europe, most of the monitoring of vaccine coverage, benefit and risk is done nationally. Collaboration and sharing of data increase the capacity to quantify risks and benefits, allow comparisons between product brands and vaccination strategies, and promote knowledge sharing.

VAC4EU is a non-for-profit international association registered in Belgium.

VAC4EU vision is best scientific evidence on vaccine coverage, benefits and risks in Europe to support data-driven decision making. The mission of VAC4EU is to access, characterize and analyze available and newly collected health data to allow for evidence-based decisions by people, who need to either regulate, advise, prescribe or decide on vaccines (https://vac4eu.org)

What is your solution?

VAC4EU is offering:

  1. Ability to estimate coverage, effectiveness and safety of different vaccine products and schedules within and across European member states;
  2. Increased power to monitor rare safety events;
  3. Combining expertise and capacity to run studies more efficiently across member states;
  4. Use comparable near real time monitoring systems within and across member states to have most up to date information on vaccines;
  5. access to a network of scientists with recognized expertise on vaccine, yet offering flexible and rapid reaction;
  6. access to European data on roughly 100 million vaccinated people.

What is the targeted segment, and how does it work?

VAC4EU targeted segment is rather large in the sense that VAC4EU answers to calls from either:

  • Organization such as EMA opening calls on vaccine studies
  • Organization such as ECDC opening calls on vaccine studies
  • Vaccine manufacturer companies (from small, medium to large companies) looking for partner ready to conduct vaccine studies
  • European or national authorities opening calls on vaccine studies

VAC4EU will also assure:

  • Training course on vaccine and vaccine benefit/risk
  • Vaccine information to the authorities to support them in decision-making

How does it work?

VAC4EU today is composed of 22 organization-members distributed amongst the member-states composed of national institutes of public health, universities, research institutes. VAC4EU informs its members on requested studies and look for creating a study consortium based on available human resources, experience and willingness of the member to conduct the study. VAC4EU offers an administrative support and assures that the study is efficiently conducted.

Why is the solution better than the status quo?

No such organization as VAC4EI exists in Europe. The pandemic influenza crisis in 2009-10 and the new European pharmacovigilance legislation have changed how vaccine post-marketing monitoring should be done in Europe. It demonstrated the need for collaboration, in par: ticular, between public and private organizations, to sustain or improve some aspects of the post-marketing surveillance.

VAC4EU is precisely answering to the special need through its network and the number of highly skilled scientists who can provide the best scientific evidence on the benefit/risk of vaccination.

Contact details: Dr Patrick R MAHY, Ph.D.  – https://vac4eu.org/ 

What is your solution ?
Free your mind from stress and anxiety by immersing yourself into the beauty of our world. Our Virtual Reality solution is a composed of a headset, as easy-to-use application and numerous astonishing immersive films. 10 minutes that changes your day!

Who is the targeted segment?
Our product is particularly suited for persons in situation of chronic anxiety or isolation as well as unexpected stress. We therefore target patients in cancer treatments, kids in emergency rooms, elderly in remote senior residencies as well as medical care teams under pressure.

And how does it work? Why is your solution better than the status quo?
Technically, you just have to turn the headset on and put it on your head. It’s that simple.
Emotionally, it’s a lot stronger : we offer you to virtually dive with dolphins or fly in space!
Thanks to its privileged agreements with the best VR film makers, only VR4GOOD can make you experiment these incredible footages. No computer images here, only our so wonderful real world.

Contact details? www.vr4good.fr  or vincent@vr4good.fr – Vincent DEFORGES

Personal Protection Equipment & specific devices/systems

BREATHNEY is an R&D-project to duplicate full functionality of a medical ventilator, with the needed accuracy, robustness and reliability, while selecting only parts that can be quickly sourced in large volume from non-medical industrial sectors.

https://breathney.vub.be/

Based on the original idea of some Italian clinicians, Brubotics, the robotic engineering lab from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), developed an alternative solution for an emergency mask based on a diving mask (from Decathlon).

A Brussels hospital specialised in infectious diseases has validated the devices.

https://www.brubotics.eu/news/overview/snorkel-masks-to-protect-staff-working-with-covid-19-patients

CityDev, a regional public organization, activated the network of the regional fablabs and makers answering to the local needs of shops, healthcare practitioners, citizens, … by developing face shields, tissue masks, gowns, swabs, …

What is your solution ? The “CLEANBUBBLE” is a depressurized room which can be installed in less than half an hour and which prevents pathogens from spreading in the adjacent environment.

Who is the targeted segment? Hospitals which must treat patients suffering from contagious diseases and that don’t wish the pathogenic agent spreading within the hospital institution

And how does it work? It consists of flexible walls that are attached to an aluminum frame, polyester piping, a HEPA filter and a UV-C germicidal lamp

Why is your solution better than the status quo? Timing of installation (less than 30 min), proven containment in term of regulation requirement, and be able to be installed in an outside container.

Discover the solution on Youtube

Contact or more info: https://www.salamanderu.com/smart-units/

This protective visor (COVISIERE) is intended to be used against the aerosolised projections and for every people being at risk of these later.

This COVISIERE is protecting part of the top head and the full face. It is aiming at shielding any wearer from outside liquid projections and protecting another person from the wearer projections.

http://www.covisiere.be/

FabLab ULB with the support of Fondation Cremer offers face shields and blouses for medical staffs.

Take a look to the websites for an overview of the production and of their needs.

https://michelcremerfoundation.eu/index.php/2020/03/31/covid-19/

http://fablab-ulb.be/covid-19/

What is your solution ?
Lilo Health is offering CE marked Covid-19 rapid test-blood sampling through finger-prick to minimize the interactions with nurses and doctors. Efficient testing in 20 minutes for IgM and IgG antibodies. According to the clinical study, the test receives 88,66% true positive result with 90.63% specificity. It can be used as a good pre-screening indicator and could be complemented by a PCR test when needed.

Who is the targeted segment?

– “Drive-through” model for clinics and hospitals

– “At-home” screening if deemed necessary by doctors

Why is your solution better than the status quo?

– Ease of access, since it does not require a trained person and laboratory equipment such as for PCR analysis;

– The results are obtained in real time;

– No need for a cold chain for transport / storage;

– Can detect “silent infections” (no symptoms).

Covid-19 Rapid test (pdf)

Contact or more info: thibault@lilo.one or www.lilo.one

Medakit has developed and launched one of the world’s first rapid point-of-care lateral flow immunoassays for the diagnosis of coronavirus infection. The test has been used widely by the Chinese CDC to combat infections and is now available globally. This test detects both early marker and late marker, IgM/IgG antibodies in human finger-prick or venous blood samples.

https://medakit.com/

What is your solution ?

Seek&Care is the “Amazon” of healthcare which allows healthcare practitioners to order their material online through a unique platform.

Who is the targeted segment?

Our solution is for all healthcare professionals: doctors – generalists and specialists, nurses, paramedics, centers and clinics. Since a week, we have also been managing purchases and supplies for hospitals.

Why is your solution better than the status quo?

In these difficult times, we help healthcare professionals deal with the complex management of purchases and to find the suppliers by sorting out the scams and allowing the professionals to truly focus on the patients.

Contact or more info: www.seekandcare.com +32067883658 – Pierre Collard

What is your solution?

Spentys offers a clinical-validated 3D scanning, modeling, and printing platform to manufacture high-quality orthoses or splints at lower costs. The Spentys platform streamlines the process of converting body scans into orthoses or splints that fit.

Certified orthotists and hospitals can now take full advantage of the validated Spentys 3D scanning, modeling, and printing workflow by getting in touch with us and let us help them streamline their process from converting contactless, hygienic body scans into orthoses that fit.

[NEW!!!]

To support the demand for face shields in hospitals in Belgium, Spentys develops 3D printed protective face shields (medically-validated design)

  • To enlarge the production capacity, they share the design files and print files, so other print facilities in Belgium can help produce face shields in bulk. Other printing facilities that would like to help, do not hesitate to contact us!
  • Medical institutions that require 3D printed protective gear, do not hesitate to contact us!

Who is the targeted segment? And How does it work?

Orthopedic technicians and hospitals.

  1. Scan: You will receive an Ipad with the Spentys application and with a scanner attached to it. By contactless 3D scanning the patient’s limb, the Spentys application obtains the exact dimensions while taking into account patient-specific morphologies. This all happens without touching the patient.
  2. Model: Our patent-pending software semi-automatically models the digital orthosis. Creating a unique, durable & lightweight orthosis that fits.
  3. Fitting: The orthosis can now be printed directly at the point of care, or you can make use of our state-of-the-art printing facility to print the orthosis, using the latest of printing technology. Fast, robust & driven by a smart quality management system.

Why is your solution better than the status quo?

It’s a single, streamlined solution that combines 3d scanning, 3d modeling, and 3d printing into one platform. By using the Spentys platform, the orthopedic technician or hospital will increase their productivity by saving time and reducing labor. By eliminating the ineffectual and unhygienic method of measuring by hand, orthopedic technicians and hospitals will also improve accuracy drastically.

!!We decided to make our machines available, our modeling skills, and our team, for all your urgent production requests, in particular for medical equipment.

At this moment, we are looking into the possibilities of producing mouth masks, valves for ventilators, touch-free door openers, etc.

Do not hesitate to contact us for urgent production requests regarding medical equipment.

Contact or more info: www.spentys.com  – lp@spentys.com Louis-Philippe BROZE, Co-Founder

Initiatives and platforms

CRITICAL PRODUCTS: if you are able to provide critical products or if you are in need of, a new governmental web-applications is now available. Please use and share !

If you have critical products to offer/sell

FR: https://apps.digital.belgium.be/forms/show_/covid/offering/latest?lng=fr

NL: https://apps.digital.belgium.be/forms/show_/covid/offering/latest?lng=nl

 

If you need critical products to protect your employees during essential interventions, inside or outside an hospital environment

FR: https://apps.digital.belgium.be/forms/show_/covid/request/latest?lng=fr

NL: https://apps.digital.belgium.be/forms/show_/covid/request/latest?lng=nl

We would recommend to inform the authorities in case you don’t find private ways to source these products.

The National Security Council gave the green light to begin the deconfinement phases, allowing the reopening of shops and some offices.

This reopening will require compliance with security measures such social distancing. But, it is also important to be able to equip yourself and protect your employees and customers …

To help you find useful information and the necessary equipment, we are pleased to share some references and potential suppliers*

*Non-exhaustive list based on public websites and providers having confirmed their willingness to be available

https://1819.brussels/blog/coronavirus-ou-trouver-du-materiel-de-protection

We are pleased to join the Need4Health platform initiated by WeLL Living Lab. Let’s use this platform to centralize the solutions and needs related to the covid-19 crisis. The objective is not only to share innovative solutions, but to link them with the needs of the COVID fighters.

Yes, we are in a crisis. But in this ocean of depression, rather than moping over the horrible timing of the launch of its crowdfunding campaign, Startup Vie has decided to highlight Belgian startups that offer concrete and free solutions to help families, the self-employed and larger companies, hospitals and schools alike, to overcome the impact that Covid-19 has left in its wake.

➡️To support the creation of this 100% startup media and see its incredible launch video-> https://www.spreds.com

➡️To know what Belgian startups are doing to help overcome COVID is here: https://www.startupvie.co/ 

StartupsXCovid19 Partners:

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Following the Covid-19 crisis, more and more Mobile Health initiatives are emerging. New apps are developed or existing apps are supplemented with specific functions. Platforms for remote care services are also launched. These developments are monitored and, if necessary, led by the Task Force ‘Data & Technology against Corona’.

More info and application

eHealth Hub is looking for digital solutions to fight Coronavirus.

They will share them with the European Commission and European healthcare providers.

They have been asked to gather technologies already available in the market and that can help to manage the healthcare crisis that Coronavirus has created. Examples include telemedicine, diagnostics or patients follow-up.

All the solutions are being gathered in their free eCatalogue: eHealth Hub Platform, the map of European eHealth. They have created the tag #Coronavirus so that the authorities and health organizations that are interested can find you in a single click.

 

I have a digital solution that can help. What should I do?

Go to the eHealth Hub Platform (click here)

  • If you already have a profile, update it (go to step 2)
  • If your profile exists, but you have not claimed it yet, click ‘claim your profile’ and update it as desired.
  • If you don’t have a profile, create one. It’s quick and easy.

Let this open source initiative (by Prof. Dr. JL Gala /the University Hospital Saint-Luc) inspire governments and organizations to be generous and show solidarity. Together, we will find a solution.

Actually available on this site, info about :

  • Mask covers FFP2
    This model was used for the production of mask covers at the University Hospital Saint-Luc, Belgium
  • Masks for citizens
    This model can be used by everybody to create their own mask.
  • Mask covers FFP3
    This model was used for the production of mask covers at the University Hospital Saint-Luc, Belgium
  • Sterilization procedure for masks
    Links to Universities and/or hospitals who have shared their procedures open source.

Discover the platform: https://www.opensourceagainstcovid19.org/

Funding

During this exceptional period innoviris has decided to make a number of adjustments to their procedures and to carry out a slight rearrangement of their annual calendar:

https://innoviris.brussels/news/adjustments-procedures-related-coronaviris

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, Innoviris aims to encourage and support research and industrial innovation to tackle this health crisis without precedent.

This programme is intended for R&D projects targeting the Covid virus in the following areas:

  • Vaccines
  • Drugs and Treatments
  • Medical Devices
  • Manufacturers and medical equipment/hospital facilities (including ventilators, protective clothing, diagnostic equipment, disinfectants and their intermediate products)

The aid will be granted in accordance with Commission Communication 2020/C 112 I/01 on the amendment of the temporary framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the context of the current VIDOC outbreak-19.

More info: https://innoviris.brussels/rd-project-covid-19 or contact: Aiko Gryspeirt, Scientific Advisor at Innoviris

HSMonitor is a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) project investing in Research and Development (R&D) services towards innovative ICT-enabled monitoring solutions to improve health status and optimise hypertension care. HSMonitor is led by a consortium of healthcare public buyers (see consortium here). A joint call for tenders will be issued in Summer for buying R&D services from solution developers.

In preparation for the PCP Call for Tenders expected in late summer 2020, an Open Market Consultation (OMC) with potential tenderers and end-users will be held to broach the views of the market about our scope.

FUNDING: budget committed to the action:

  • €693,000 (Phase I – Concept design, solution architecture and technical specifications)
  • €1,386,000 (Phase II – Development of prototype systems in two iterations)

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: any SME providing relevant solution to the consortium

REGISTER HERE

DigitalHealthEurope’s twinning programme is a support mechanism for scaling up innovative digital solutions. Twinnings are used as a mechanism for accelerating fulfilment of the European Commission’s priorities, by enabling the transfer of innovative solutions from one European region or country to another. It supports many different types of Europe’s quadruple helix stakeholders: industry, civil society, academia and governments.

Twinning Activities may include, for example, hosting meetings, organising technical groups, travelling, acquiring licenses, paying fees for professional services. Twinnings typically last up to ten months, depending on complexity and Twinning Type.

The solutions to test/to adopt must be related to one of the three following priorities:

  • citizens’ secure access to and sharing of health data across borders
  • better data to advance research, disease prevention and personalised health and care
  • digital tools for citizen empowerment and person-centred care

WHAT: for three types of twinning:

  • 13 grants of €5000 for knowledge exchange & training
  • 7  grants of €17000 for partial adoption
  • 5  grants of €43000 for full adoption

FOR WHO: collaborations involving a) public and private agencies (lead applicant must be a non-profit); b) public agencies; or c) private non-profit agencies

WHEN: submission deadline – 22/05/2020

MORE INFO AND APPLICATION

The Technology Transfer Experiment call is meant to provide financial support for eligible pan-European cross-border collaboation projects tailored to the five main application areas:

 

  • Diagnostic Robotics
  • Interventional Robotics
  • Rehabilitation Robotics
  • Robotics supporting Patients
  • Robotics supporting Healthcare Professionals

 

Major aim of this call is to stimulate the transfer of innovative technology from outsid e the robotics and healthcare domains, to solve unanswered clinical questions

Proposals must clearly state the clinical relevance of and demand for this solution, have a clear linkage to the end-user and should make use of the expertise / services of the DIHHERO network

 

FUNDING: up to €200,000 grant

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: A consortium must at least consist of:

1 SME/ slightly larger company and 1 end-user from 2 different countries or

2 SMEs/ slightly larger companies from 2 different countries

APPLY HERE

XR4ALL is a project funded under Horizon 2020 to support XR solutions. XR4ALL has launched a call for proposals to select and provide financial support to develop new XR solutions (e.g. plugins for games engines such as Unity, low level components based on open APIs, standards, and frameworks such as SolAR, any XR Application or hardware).

Funded projects will get access to the XR developers platform (a wide range of tools to support the development of XR components using a methodology inspired by DevOps), which they can use to develop their application.

XR4ALL expects the funded projects to publish their solution on the XR solutions catalogue as a measure to ensure they exploit the results of their project

 

FUNDING:

Phase1 – concept validation (2 months): up to €10,000 per project

Phase 2 – Development and integration (4 months): up to €40,000

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: XR research teams from organisations such as SMEs, industry, research institutions, and academia

APPLY HERE

Impact Ed-tech is a project funded under Horizon 2020 designed for EdTech start-ups/SMEs to break the barriers to education and enhance learning experiences in a new era of human-centered digital education.

The ultimate goal is to support European start-ups/SMEs to move from promising prototypes towards viable products. We will set up an EdTech-specific incubation environment offering both business & access-to-market support and access to an education ecosystem.

FUNDING:

  • Light support to for pitch competition (€1800)
  • Incubation programme (up to €73,500 lumpsum + €10,000 service voucher)
  • Acceleration programme (up to €90,000 lumpsum +€20,000 service voucher)

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: any solution developer / SME developing a solution in the field

APPLY HERE

The French Foundation for Rare diseases, together with the European Joint Partnership on Rare diseases and Rare Diseases Europe, are launching a call for proposals to:

  1. Solve specific research challenges in the field of therapeutic development for rare diseases;
  2. Facilitate and fund collaborative projects between industry, academia, SMEs and PAOs.

Four challenges have been selected:

  • Challenge 1: Development of a non-invasive tool for measuring rare disease patient mobility in daily living
  • Challenge 2: Delivery system for intranasal administration of biological drugs to neonates
  • Challenge 3: Characterize Rare Bone Disorders (RBD) Mobility Challenges in Real World Setting
  • Challenge 4: Pre-clinical assay to detect instability of microsatellite repeat expansions INDUSTRY SPONSOR.

 

FUNDING: 1 project funded per project.

  • 575.000€ for Challenge 1
  • 487.500€ for Challenge 2
  • 487.500€ for Challenge 3
  • 487.500€ for Challenge 4

WHO: Academics, SMEs, Patients organisations – Need for a consortium of 2-6 partners

Where to find partners: https://rdr-networking-2020.b2match.io/

APPLY HERE

DIGI-B-CUBE is a project funded under Horizon 2020 programme, offering support to SMEs operating in the health, medicine, biotech, biopharma, IT or related sectors to combine potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cognitive Computing Digital Technologies (CCDT) and Bioimaging-Biosensing-Biobanking.

FUNDING:

  • Prototyping voucher: support to prototype or conceptualise a solution for a digitalisation challenge in the Medical Diagnostics and related value chains. Consortia consisting of minimum two SMEs and maximum three organisations from at least two different sectors will be funded.

Up to € up to €20,000 per SME; up to €60,000 per project

  • Customised Solution Innovation Voucher: support to jointly develop a novel product/ service based on an existing proven concept that addresses a digitalisation challenge in the Medical Diagnostics and related value chains. Consortia consisting of minimum two SMEs from at least two different sectors will be funded.

up to €50,000 per SME; up to €150,000 per project

DEADLINE: 29 July 2020

APPLYHERE

Ambiant assisted living (AAL) is a European programme funding projects for the benefit of older adults’ inclusion and well-being. AAL program has issued the call for proposals “Healthy Aging with the support of digital solutions.

FUNDING:

€300,000 (small collaborative projects)

2.5/5 €M (collaborative projects)

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: details HERE

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 24/08/2020

APPLY HERE

The European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF) is a Horizon 2020 project designed to have significant impact on some of Europe’s most pressing social challenges. The objective of the ESCF is to bring together public and private resources to improve social services to enable people who need support to live as valued and participating members of their communities.

ESCF welcomes applications that meets Covid-19 crisis challenge by finding the best evidence-based innovations to reach those in need in several areas across Europe.

WHAT: €100,000 per selected project, minimum 6 selected

FOR WHO: collaborations involving a) public and private agencies (lead applicant must be a non-profit); b) public agencies; or c) private non-profit agencies

DEADLINE UPDATE: The new deadline for applications is 11th September 2020. Please download the updated call for applications or visit www.euscf.eu/apply. All revised key dates are listed. The ESCF is poised to identify proven social service innovations across Europe and provide financial and non-financial support to develop plans for them to scale. In the post COVID-19 context it will be even more important to have such plans ready for scaling to meet the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens. Therefore, we want to give the best chance for applications to be of a high quality.

AMable (project funded under Horizon 2020 programme) opened a call that aims to support ideas that help against shortages in products, problems in medical care and other issues that affect our social life and the economic environment.

The selection of such proposals will be done quickly and support of up to 10.000 Euros will go to the applicant to experiment on the realisation of the “solution idea”. Experts from the consortium will actively support the activity to jump start and accelerate the work.

A selection of “challenges

FUNDING: 10,000€ per project

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: any solution developer / SME developing a solution in the field

APPLY HERE

European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is an ideal tool to respond to public emergencies such as the COVID-19 virus by

(1) opening up scientific data on the virus,

(2) sharing live on-the-ground data on the spread of the virus, as well as software, standards and processes for monitoring COVID-19 treatment and development,

(3) accessing and combining this data not only to eradicate the virus but learn how to deal with similar viruses and future outbreaks,

(4) assessing the validity of epidemic information in relation to the virus by ensuring that its sources can be traced and verified.

 

EOSC Secretariat responds to this clear need for stakeholder engagement by introducing funding opportunities that will be fast-tracked at this challenging time for us all.

 

Activities and actions that deploy open science methods and resources and make use of the EOSC

communities in order to address COVID-19 related issues. Indicatively, these could be:

– Opening up virus related research and data

– Sharing of infrastructures and services

– Developing open design equipment for fighting COVID-19

– Sharing sampling test methodologies and data

– Developing open methodologies, services, software and infrastructures for sharing data, practices and knowledge in relation to the development and treatment of COVID-19

– Developing open science methodologies for monitoring the spread of COVID-19 – Developing open-science / evidence-based methodologies for the development of epidemic combating policies

– Accessing and combining open data not only to eradicate the virus but learn how to deal with similar viruses and future outbreaks

– Assessing the validity of epidemic information in relation to the virus by ensuring that its sources can be traced and verified – Other open science activities/ actions related to the fighting of epidemics and pandemics

 

FUNDING: up to €45,000 grant

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: any legal entity (academics, SMEs, NGOs…) developing solutions relevant to the scope of the call.

APPLY HERE

European recommendations, measures and initiatives

Following the rapid development and transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, EU Member States are facing shortages of products.

To obtain a better overview of Covid-19 related medical equipment in the market place on a European level, the European Commission has created a platform where companies can provide specific details about their products.

This form collects the offers of medical equipment from companies. This data will be used to facilitate the matching of available offers with needs of Member States and participating countries.

How to submit a new form?

Note: if you are not logged in already, you will need to authenticate with your EU Login
(you can find more information about how to create a EU Login account, here)
➱In the SANTE Data Collection Platform, select “COVID-19 Clearing House”

Do you need further assistance?

Please find here a Quick User Guide for the form.
In urgent cases only, contact the help desk at the following email: SANTE-SDCP@ec.europa.eu

European standards for medical supplies are freely available to facilitate increase of production.

In this context, we are pleased to inform you that CEN and CENELEC, in collaboration with all their members, have agreed to immediately make available a number of European standards for medical devices and personal protective equipment. This action will help companies willing to manufacture these items to swiftly start production and place products on the internal market more easily while ensuring a high degree of safety. For more details, please consult: www.ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_502

European standards for medical supplies freely available

The European Commission postpones application of the Medical Devices Regulation to prioritise the fight against coronavirus. Discover here the press release.

In the context of the coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has issued guidance for the production of:

1) masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE):

https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/40521

2) leave-on hand cleaners and hand disinfectants:

https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/40523

3) 3D printing:

https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/40522

The objective is to assist manufacturers in ramping up production of essential medical equipment and material in three areas.

These documents also aim to assist manufacturers and market surveillance authorities in making sure these products comply with necessary safety standards and are effective.

A guidance on medical devices will also be made available within the coming days. Stay tuned. 

Commission waives customs duties and VAT on the import of medical equipment from non-EU countries

The Healthcare Group of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) set up a virtual matchmaking platform to complement national and local initiatives to co-develop and adopt solutions against Covid-19

Have a look HERE and submit your solution to the market place.

FOR WHO: solution developers (startups, companies, researchers….) and solution seekers (hospitals, Public buyers, startups/companies looking for co-developers…)

PRACTICAL DETAILS: Free of charge, open until November.

MORE INFO: Frederic Suche, EEN & NCP advisor for (e)-Health

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  1. Check here the EU coordinated response to coronavirus
  2. Check here EU initiatives for companies and innovators. It includes information on :
  • Free access to CEN standards
  • Clinical management support system
  • Intiatives for collaboration in AI and robotics
  • Announcements from public investors (EIB/EIF, etc.)
  • Etc.

ERAvsCorona

The EU set a European data exchange platform for SARS-CoV-2 and coronavirus-related information exchange, connected to the European Open Science Cloud. This will allow quick sharing of research data and results to accelerate discovery

More info: https://www.covid19dataportal.org/