mHealthBelgium is the platform for companies to register their mobile health applications for publishing purposes. This ensures both healthcare providers and patients have access to information to assess whether a mobile healthcare application meets the applicable rules and regulations, or regarding interoperability issues and, when applicable, be eligible for financial support in Belgium.
Action item 19 of the eHealth plan addresses the intended goals with regard to mobile health. The objective of the action item is to integrate mobile health applications into the Belgian healthcare system. Pilot projects were launched to determine the framework required to integrate this type of application successfully.
The Belgian government’s eHealth plan (Plan e-gezondheid) will leverage the potential of mobile healthcare, in part by ensuring that mobile applications for healthcare are included in standard healthcare programmes.
The deadline for submitting a project was 30 September 2016. A total of 98 projects were submitted, of which 24 were selected by a working group consisting of experts from the Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (RIZIV/INAMI), FPS Public Health, the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP)) and the eHealth platform.
These projects were launched at the beginning of 2017. The projects are distributed among various healthcare topics: