October 4, 2016

List of Mobile Health applications

As part of the Action Point 19 of the ehealth 2015-2018 action plan, an inquiry has been carried out regarding Mobile Health applications; that is to say, applications which enable the health of a patient to be furthered and/or monitored from a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, connected watch…).

This inquiry sought to establish a basic list of applications available in Belgium. The questions were based on the application itself, on criteria such as quality, security, private life, interoperability, and on “evidence-based” methods in medicine. The inquiry was thus very useful preparation for the Mobile Health call for projects, which ended on 30/09/2016.

A few results from the inquiry:

Regarding the inquiry intended to establish a basic list of mobile applications available in Belgium, a total of 143 responses were received.

Cardiology and diabetes are the most frequent pathologies represented, followed by chronic pain, strokes, and mental healthcare. Nevertheless, certain applications can be used for multiple pathologies.

Few applications use Belgian e-Health services. 38% declare that they do, those most often being eHealthBox or MyCareNet.

Only 36% of the projects entered have ties to a patient file; most applications are still independent solutions.

More than half of suppliers claim to follow “evidence-based” methods, and prove it with the help of documentation.

More than one third of applications do not (yet) have users in Belgium. However, some of them do have thousands of users abroad.

In around half of the cases, use of the mobile application is prescribed by a doctor.
15% of applications show that they are reimbursed in another European country.

The user of the application is, in around half of the cases, a healthcare provider (remotely or at the patient’s home); in the other half of cases, it is the patient him/herself, or a close caregiver.

Call for pilot projects

As a reminder, Maggie de Block, Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health, launched a call for pilot projects on the 1st of July in order to integrate Mobile Health applications into regular healthcare.

97 pilot project offers were entered.

Pilot project selection has since started, and will conclude at the end of December. Dependent on expectations being met, initial contact with the selected pilot projects will be made at this time. The next phase of the 19 Mobile Health action point will make sure to materialize the implementation of these projects. During the realization of these projects, various details, such as the legal implications or the validation criteria, will be examined and refined.

Source: e-health newsletter