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Wouter De Ploey (CEO clinic team ZNA) on medical center transformation


Wouter De Ploey is the CEO of clinic network ZNA in the Belgian region of Antwerp. The community consists of 9 web pages, employing 6,000 people today and 600 doctors who take care of 5,000 sufferers a working day.

We want to optimize the intermediate level of treatment, even further reducing expensive clinic capability and producing intermediate capacity in a way that it positive aspects all people

in this job interview, Wouter De Ploey talks about the job of hospital networks, the significance of digital client and wellness data, engineering in health care services and the medical center sector in Belgium, with some hurdles standing in the way of a far more dispersed treatment approach.

Mr. De Ploey is certain that in the end engineering will participate in a part in a radically rethinking of we manage a medical center in the foreseeable future. However, that transformation won’t materialize as rapidly than some would like to see because digital transformation in health care all round is slower in Belgium.

What’s more, there is even now a whole lot of function concerning the essence (exactly where, between some others, digital wellness record methods occur in) and with no owning that essence right you simply cannot significantly rework Wouter De Ploey claims. This does not indicate that ZNA isn’t innovating or leveraging new technologies, very well on the contrary.

Wouter De Ploey - CEO of hospital group ZNA

A number of adjustments which are wanted to maximize the excellent of treatment and minimize the expenses of health care call for a lot more initiatives, not in the minimum on the level of social security and health care insurance policy methods. For Wouter De Ploey an intermediate amount of care is essential and there is room to lessen the amount of beds if the suitable incentives are there. This intermediate level of care these days is way too pricey and it’s among some others listed here that the latest health care insurance coverage and social safety procedure stands in the way of modify. This interview is element of a collection at the celebration of the 5th Meeting on Digital Health and fitness 2019.

The job of hospital networks: from crucial scale and joint investments to a prevalent information program

Wouter De Ploey, thank you for your time. Developing medical center networks was a application of earlier governments and most possible will be on the agenda again. ZNA (ZiekenhuisNetwerk Antwerpen) previously is a team as these kinds of, in simple fact the premier in Belgium. Finish 2016, ZNA and another group, GZA (Gasthuis Zusters Antwerpen), resolved to begin collaborating. Can you notify us additional about this collaboration and what you intention to reach?

Wouter De Ploey: Our initiative began ahead of the governing administration arrived up with this new design of producing networks of hospitals in Belgium. So, we were a little bit forward and the ambition level is somewhat various.

Just one of the objectives in arranging the shift to clinic networks is a rationalization of bed capability, which is it’s possible a little bit a lot easier to organize on the level of a network than trying to do it alone as a healthcare facility

I imagine that the community plan of the authorities is even now one particular of independent hospitals that collaborate on a contractual basis with every other whereas our intention in the conclusion is virtually a complete integration over time.

We’re testing out diverse means of collaborating such as combining products and services to get much more vital scale for competences that can be made, clearly joint procurement to conserve on the procurement cost side, joint investments and so on. In other phrases: the reasonable objectives 1 needs to reach when becoming a member of forces with a further social gathering.

Just one of the ambitions is to have a common facts system, something that is even now a problem for several Belgian hospitals?

Wouter De Ploey: In fact. GZA has a process in put that is no extended supported by the suppliers, so they will need a new procedure and we basically have a fragmented landscape. In some of our internet sites we have one program, in some others yet another process and in some all the things is continue to paper-centered. So, we rapidly agreed we would do a joint procurement procedure to make your mind up on which digital affected person program we would operate.

We missed the opportunity in Belgium to go for just one core EMR option that all hospitals would adopt and on which they could then make added operation and make it possible for for some differentiation

We created the RFP jointly, evaluated the achievable candidates and we now have a few suppliers remaining in the functioning. If we pick 1 the notion is to produce a person occasion of the application on which both of those hospitals would operate so we’re not just picking out the similar application package, but we would have one solution in spot on which each medical center teams would work and that would of course be a solid basis for integrating products and services in the potential.

EHR/EMR devices and the problem of performing all-around the care course of action

How do information exchanges come about right now, for occasion with 1st-line treatment vendors and with hospitals outdoors of the community(s).

Wouter De Ploey: A aspect is still carried out with paper. You send out letters to, for example, the main care doctor of a affected individual who was addressed in the clinic with the diagnostics and the conclusions.

Having said that, there are…