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Health care: digital transformation well underway

by Proximus teamProximus03/07/2018

Health care: digital transformation well underway
The digital transformation in the hospital sector involves major issues. How much progress has been made at the hospitals in Wallonia and Brussels and what steps still need to be taken?

The patient is central. This is the priority objective of ICT managers in the hospital sector when they refer to the digital transformation. We took advantage of a major round table organized by Proximus in Namur to gain a better understanding of the situation in Brussels and in Wallonia.

Patient autonomy

“Our digital transformation is well underway. We have succeeded in consolidating all aspects of accommodation and infrastructure. Our next step is the implementation of mobile apps that will meet a demand for proactivity from both patients and the medical corps. I’m thinking here of very practical solutions in cases of heart failure that will help us avoid emergency situations. In short, our aim is to ensure that the patient plays an active role in his or her health and through innovation we are striving for the convergence of technologies,” explains Marc Thonard, Head of Infrastructure at the CHR de la Citadelle hospital in Liège.

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Our next step is the implementation of mobile apps that will meet a demand for proactivity from both patients and the medical corps.

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Marc Thonard, Head of Infrastructure at the CHR de la Citadelle hospital in Liège

A means, not an end

At the Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc hospital, telecom infrastructures and connectivity have already been digitalized. Now it’s time for the integrated IT platform and the centralized medical dossier. “I note that in our sector, the digital transformation tools have developed quickly but at different speeds. Our next challenge is to integrate them, to align the technologies. This is made possible thanks to video-conferencing and the Proximus FMU service for the integration of fixed and mobile means among other things. Believe me, digitalization in itself would serve no purpose if it did not provide real added value. It must remain a means, not an end,” says Jacques Rossler, CIO of the Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc.

Towards interdisciplinary collaboration

The Delta hospital in Auderghem served as a trigger to create a hyperconnected site. “We are going through a major transition between the analog world and the digital world, for the benefit of the medicine of the future. The aim is to connect everything to the central dossier at the hospital and achieve less and less exploratory medicine. Our next challenge will be to put in place interdisciplinary collaboration as regards medical dossiers. Still abiding by our approach of placing the focus on the patient and no longer the doctor. An important nuance,” declares Olivier Remacle, CIO of the Chirec hospital group.

Take a look behind the scenes of the round table of CIOs in the hospital sector?

Round table about e-health

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