At present, the Brussels Health Network allows hospitals and general practitioners to share healthcare data relevant to patient care electronically and securely. For a patient, registering with the secure Brussels Health Network – or registering a loved one such as a child or elderly parent – means allowing all healthcare providers in the country to get an overview of your health, or that of a loved one. They receive better care thanks to the sharing of information and to better collaboration within the medical sector. For a doctor, this means guaranteeing to provide appropriate care (even for occasional visits) to the patient with full knowledge of their health history.
The 2nd phase of the Brussels Health-Network project intends to connect numerous other first-line care actors such as physiotherapists, nurses, speech therapists, etc. The patient also provides data concerning his/her health. This is especially the case for those patients with chronic illnesses who are particularly implicated in the monitoring of their health. It is expected that existing technologies and innovations currently being developed will be able to be connected to the Brussels Health Network in the future. For the sake of security, this sharing is based on a decentralised data model. Therefore, e-health innovations will be available to potential users, whether these are health professionals or patients.
2016 is the year of the pilot project, with the first connections of these innovative solutions to the Brussels Health Network expected to take place in 2017.