Telemedicine taking off in Belgium

Agoria, the Belgian federation for the technology industry and a member of COCIR, has released a position paper on telemedicine describing the benefits of telemedicine solutions for patients and the barriers to the adoption of telemedicine in Belgium.
Agoria formulates four concrete recommendations to accelerate the deployment of telemedicine in the country: (1) from an expert study to assess the cost-effectiveness of telemedicine solutions, (2) the creation of a framework for reimbursement of these services especially for chronic patients, (3) the clarification of legal and deontological aspects to (4) the creation of a strategic committee comprising all relevant stakeholders.

Belgian Health Minister Laurette Onkelinx, said “Telemedicine is a promising development for the future, in particular for chronic patients. The Belgian government supports the development of six pilot projects in the country with a view to draw a general framework for telemedicine in Belgium and consider with stakeholders how to create a new nomenclature that would allow the reimbursement of telemedicine services.”

COCIR congratulates Agoria for its excellent initiative and warmly welcomes the decision of the Belgian government to support telemedicine as an important tool in the healthcare system. Nicole Denjoy, COCIR Secretary General said ”We encourage other countries to follow the example of Belgium to promote telemedicine as this will clearly benefit the patients, contribute to better management of chronic diseases and the sustainability of healthcare systems.”

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