Belgium

(The Kingdom of Belgium is not represented with a government or public authority in EURO-CAS, but a number of European associations have their legal seat in the country.)



COCIR

Comité européen de coordination des industries radiologiques electromedicales et d’informatique de santé” AISBL


COCIR is the European Trade Association representing the medicalimaging, radiotherapy, health ICT and electromedical industries. Founded in1959, COCIR is a non-profit association headquartered in Brussels (Belgium)with a China Desk based in Beijing since 2007.COCIR brings together thehealthcare, IT and telecommunications industries, and focuses on openingmarkets for COCIR members in Europe and beyond. COCIR provides a wide range ofservices on regulatory, technical, market intelligence, environmental,standardisation, international and legal affairs. COCIR is also a foundingmember of DITTA, the Global Diagnostic Imaging, Healthcare IT and RadiationTherapy Trade Association.

COCIR promotes harmonisation of regulatory frameworks, supportedby state-of-the-art international standards. The healthcare IT industryprovides safe and high quality products and services, which contribute toreducing health inequalities and enhance cost efficiency in healthcare systems.COCIR's key objective is to promote free worldwide trade of innovative medicaltechnology while maintaining the competitiveness of the European medicalimaging, radiotherapy, electromedical and health ICT industries.

For more information go to www.cocir.org.


HOPE

European Hospital and Healthcare Federation


The European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE) was created in 1966 as a European not for profit association. Today, HOPE includes 37 national hospital associations or representatives from national hospital owners’ organisations of the 28 Member States of the European Union, as well as from Switzerland and the Republic of Serbia as observer members. HOPE members are covering almost 80 percent of hospital activity in the EU.

HOPE promotes improvements in the health of citizens throughout Europe. HOPE fosters efficiency, effectiveness and humanity in the organisation and operation of hospital and healthcare services.  HOPE has been involved in numerous comparative, exchange and dissemination activities. HOPE publishes documents and reports on topics describing the situation in the various EU Member States as well as recommendations for improvement, including the annual reference book "Hospital Healthcare Europe".

For more infomation go to www.hope.be.


IHE-Europe

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise Europe


IHE-Europe is a non-profit association dedicated to interoperability in Health IT. IHE-Europe gathers a broad range of stakeholders to advance the shared exchange of patient information. It begins with an open process of developing integration profiles to assure IT systems can talk to each other. Then it requires testing these systems to verify that complex system delivers the data. Finally, IHE-Europe actively promotes wider awareness and use of these methods for assuring continued conformance and compatibility. With a mission to improve interoperability, (1) IHE develops Technical Framework Documents for IHE Integration Profiles, (2) organises the IHE Connectathon as an opportunity to test interoperability, (3) organises IHE demonstrations to promote the use of interoperable products, and (4) ensures the credibility of interoperability claims by individual vendors.

IHE-Europe provides the Gazelle management tools as a testbed platform, and offers test services hosted at Kereval, an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited company.  IHE-Europe was the technical coordinator of the Antilope project, which developed the refined eHealth Interoperability Framework and the definition of the quality label and certification processes in Europe.

For more information go to www.ihe-europe.net.


PCHAlliance

Personal Connected Health Alliance

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Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) works collaboratively with health, technology and life sciences, public policy, research and advocacy groups to achieve personal connected health for all.  PCHAlliance is home to Continua, which publishes and maintains the Continua Design Guidelines (CDG) for user friendly end-to-end interoperability of personal connected health devices and systems.  The CDGs currently represent 13 international standards bodies (including IHE, IEEE, and HL7) and have been approved as the global standard for personal connected health devices and systems by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).  Continua offers test tools for conformity with the CDG, and the Continua certification that offers an independent verification of compliance.

PCHAlliance is a membership organisation that counts Intel, Philips, Roche, and Orange as leading members, and hosts the annual Connected Health Summit as an international forum and expo for personal connected health.  PCHAlliance participates in EURO-CAS through its Belgian office, the Continua Health Alliance Foundation.

For more information go to www.pchalliance.org.