Few sectors in Belgium are undergoing changes that are as significant as those in the healthcare sector. The demand for care is growing as the population ages. At the same time, people are becoming more discerning and better informed. Well qualified staff is becoming scarcer, new technologies are emerging, price and quality competition are rising and resources are limited.
Healthcare providers and other concerned parties are also increasingly required to form networks by the government, resulting in the growing importance of cooperation and the mutual exchange of information. Designing new, integrated healthcare concepts, improving quality and efficiency and keeping healthcare affordable are high on the agenda of many boards of directors.
Although technology can help address or even accelerate these challenges, it is important to note that the healthcare sector is not like any other sector. Data confidentiality, social relevance, budgetary aspects and the increasing level of technical complexity call for responsible commitment along with specific expertise. This is how the Healthcare Platform concept was conceived.