How do you see the "e" in e-health evolving?
As soon as the reports of corona from China reached our country, experts thought about how to prepare our hospitals. When the severity of the pandemic became clear in Northern Italy, all hands were on deck. The impact on healthcare has been enormous, digitization a must. Will it continue? We asked four health professionals.
1 question, 4 answers
Dr. Marc Noppen
“I estimate that about 10% of consultations in the future will continue to take place remotely.” In practice, these are usually chronic patients with a known clinical picture. “For instance, a diabetic with an insulin pump doesn't necessarily have to come to the hospital for every follow-up between their main appointments. But for many other things, face-to-face contact remains essential, such as an intake, an appointment to announce bad news or the discussion of a therapeutic choice.”
DR. MARC NOPPEN CEO of UZ Brussel
PROFESSOR PHILIPPE COUCKE Head of the radiotherapy Dept. Liège Teaching Hospital
Professor Philippe Coucke:
“To modernize our healthcare system and make it more efficient, there needs to be a tighter organization and more human guidance and, above all, a focus on new technologies. We need a more abundant and more relevant flow of data to raise the bar at all levels.”
“What I’m absolutely convinced of, is that the importance of data and data analysis in hospitals is going to explode in the next few years. Everything will be measured, stored, and analyzed using artificial intelligence.”
SARAH BOONE Quality Director AZ Groeninge
Dr. Serge Vanderschueren
“Hospitals will collaborate and network even more. From buying supplies to receiving patients; I am in contact nearly every day with the seven hospitals with which we form a network.”
DR. SERGE VANDERSCHUEREN Technology and Medical Director AZ Groeninge