The mHealthBelgium validation pyramid finalized
Brussels, January 20, 2021 - After the green light from the Insurance Committee, medical applications (mobile health applications or mHealth applications) can now be reimbursed by the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI). These mobile applications can be used at every stage of the patient journey; from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up. In addition, they can also play a role in online medical education. Today, applications already exist for epilepsy, cancer, sleep disorders, diabetes, cardiac arrhythmias and rehabilitation therapy as well as various other diseases. "Medical applications and remote monitoring applications deserve a full place in the complete range of care and thanks to a new framework that makes funding possible it is now a done deal. These digital technologies have already shown - especially during the COVID-19 crisis - that they can contribute to faster and better health care. »Says Marnix Denys, general manager of beMedTech.
More effective care
MHealth applications are medical software applications that can collect health information via wearables, sensors or health monitoring applications in a secure and privacy-friendly manner and thus track the patient remotely, usually under the supervision of a health professional. For example, they allow remote diagnosis or monitoring of healthcare routes, which is an important advantage during this pandemic of
An example of this is Bingli, an app that helps you prepare for a medical visit as efficiently as possible. The app collects medical data, assesses complaints, asks relevant questions and forwards this information to the healthcare provider beforehand. This saves valuable time and allows the general practitioner, specialist or other healthcare professional to focus more on personal interaction with the patient. New technologies like Bingli are helping to make healthcare more efficient for patients, healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities.
"From today, the NIHDI has a framework to include this digital technology in the treatment path and to finance it", declares Marleen Louagie, General Advisor at the NIHDI. "This funding is very important in order to be able to provide the right patient care in the right way."
Validation pyramid for medical applications
The MoveUp coach is already reimbursed
The MoveUp coach is an application which is integrated into a treatment path and which is already funded. The moveUP Coach application supports patients and caregivers after primary total hip or knee prosthesis through personalized coaching and exercises before and after the operation. This specific reimbursement is made through an agreement between the NIHDI and the healthcare providers (hospitals and physiotherapists). "This is the first time that compulsory health care insurance reimburses the use of a mobile health application in a care journey," says Bart Steukers of Agoria. Marnix Denys of beMedTech adds "This means a real breakthrough for digital healthcare for Belgium, which thereby joins the European pioneers in the field of digital healthcare. It will significantly improve access to these innovative technologies for patients and Belgian healthcare professionals ". Companies can notify their mobile application (s) for integration into the reimbursement system via the NIHDI web page.