Steven Vandeput

Steven Vandeput holds a master degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, both at KU Leuven. After his research activities, he held several positions within the university, ranging from project manager of multidisciplinary R&D projects towards research manager and innovation manager being responsible for all industry interactions and tech transfer activities related to biomedical data analytics.

Steven is passionated about health, digital technologies and innovation and is also holder of a MBA on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. Since January 2019 he joined beMedTech, the sector federation that represent the industry of medical technologies in Belgium, where he is Advisor for Extramuros and Digital Health. In that function, he also coordinates the mHealthBelgium portal.

If the current COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that critical hospital capacity can quickly become saturated in times of crisis. On several occasions over the past two years, this has led to delays in standard care to make room for extra capacity in intensive care units (ICU). However, we know that moving care out of hospitals does not have to mean compromising on quality or on patient outcomes. In fact, many patient communities are now accustomed to being treated outside the hospital setting, ensuring safe and continuous care during the pandemic – and beyond. For example, in Belgium more than 150.000 patients are diagnosed with sleep apnea and they are all treated at home with medical devices, according to a recent infographic published by beMedTech (the Belgian national association of medical technology industry). Similarly, almost all patients in need for oxygen therapy receive the treatment at home via dedicated home care providers. Even a more complex therapy such as kidney dialysis is taking place at home in nearly 1 out of 10 dialysis patients. This need does not represent a compromise on optimal care. You might be pleasantly surprised to hear that many patients are happy with the quality of care they can avail of without traveling to a busy hospital. Indeed, when delivered by providers with the right expertise and tools, homecare can improve patients’ lives and deliver superior results. It is also a more cost-effective solution for many types of care, making budget available for other treatments and therapies. While Belgium has explored the shift from hospital care to home care e.g. via pilot projects, we know there are still many hurdles to overcome. That is why beMedTech has launched a social media campaign to put homecare in the spotlight. Built on our Home Care...