One platform, several interfaces
The platform aggregates information from the hospital to the patient and collects the patient reported outcomes.
Comunicare's main innovation is the personalization of patient information according to his dedicated care pathway and it enables a smart interaction between the patient and his care givers.
The mobile application informs the patient about his care pathway, facilitates his therapeutic adhesion and the communication of outcomes to the medical team. The application provides access to various items of information :
- A personalized timeline summarizing the treatment steps and care activities
- Practical knowledge on the therapy
- Didactic video clips
- Description of possible side effects and recommendations
Comunicare collects many patients data, both physical and emotional parameters and symptoms, in order to help care givers prevent potential risk situations.
A dashboard is provided to the care givers in order to access and monitor the patient reported outcomes.
A modern and secure videoconferencing technology is integrated in the patient mobile application and in the caregiver dashboard. Doctor or nurse can create a teleconsultation appointment and, in one click, get in touch with the patient.
Patient's relatives (informal care givers) and other health professionals may also be involved in the treatment process. The mobile application is versatile and allows the patient to share some information with his entourage. Thanks to the national health hubs, other care providers may also access specific data shared by the patient.
Comunicare Analytics includes validated predictive models that doctors can use to decide personalized treatment options or to detect risk situations that result from the analysis of patient reported data. These tools are essential in medical decision support for doctors but also in patient participation.
The application adresses the monitoring of chronic diseases (cancer, heart failure, multiple myeloma, COPD, diabete) and complex care episodes. The platform is enhanced with new pathologies as it is further developed.
LIÈGE, 24 june 2021 – Comunicare Solutions (in short Comunicare) and The Medical Cloud Company (in short MedC2) have merged. By pooling their resources, the two Belgian start-ups want to strengthen their capacity to provide innovative solutions to enable patient support and facilitate their interactions with their healthcare teams. This merger expands their portfolio of solutions and is part of an internationalization strategy.
« We have been bringing our activities closer together for several months as part of our European projects and look forward to fully realising the identified synergies. » says Brice Van Eeckhout, co-CEO of Comunicare.
The merged entity, which has taken over the name of Comunicare Solutions, offers an extensive platform for patient support and empowerment that enables therapeutic education, adherence to treatments, collection and analysis of patients’ signs, symptoms and quality of life, and prediction of treatment outcomes or risks of exacerbation.
Professor Philippe Lambin, Scientific Advisor of the company: « Our vision is that the emergence of artificial intelligence must facilitate the involvement of the patient in the management of his health and not the other way around. »
The company already works in Belgium with several Walloon, Flemish and Brussels hospitals, and abroad with hospitals in Germany and the Netherlands. The therapeutic areas currently covered are oncology, cardiology, pulmonology, diabetology and infectious diseases. Comunicare is one of the pioneers in the mHealthBelgium validation process that paves the way for certified eHealth applications to obtain a refund from National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI).
For Alfred Attipoe, co-CEO of the merged company, « in the context of a health crisis marked by a multiplication of eHealth solutions and the awareness of their importance, this merger will accelerate our strategic development ».
COMUNICARE has been chosen as the mobile application and platform of the ONCOCARE project’s PROM action.
Oncocare Project is an Interreg project that aims at improving oncological care in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. This project involves the University Hospital of Liège, the University Hospital of the Aachen, and the Maastricht University Medical Center.
A major topic of Oncocare focuses on innovation and the strengthening of patient-centered medicine. This axis aims at implementing tools for improving evidence-based yet personalized decision making, incorporating patient-reported outcome measurements, and bringing the hospital to the patients’ homes.
Cet axe vise à mettre en œuvre des outils pour améliorer la prise de décision fondée sur des preuves mais personnalisée, incorporer des mesures du ressenti reporté par les patients et amener l’hôpital au domicile des patients.
The quality of care assessment therefore includes “Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement” (PROM), a direct measure of added value for the patient rarely evaluated in clinical practice.
The aim of Comunicare is to collect results reported by patients in a standardized and validated way with an automatic transfer to the electronic patient record. A study of the impact of therapeutic decisions on PROM in 2 selected representative malignant tumors will be conducted to analyze their potential advantages and disadvantages as experienced by the patient.
Comunicare, the digital « Care Companion » was present at the Digiself2018 Symposium held on February 8th 2018 in Bern (Switzerland).
During this symposium, various speakers underlined the importance of the digital tools such as Comunicare to enable patient reported outcomes in clinical follow-up and research, but also to improve patient implication and self-efficacy. Thanks to a better management of side effects and symptoms, these tools help to improve the quality of treatments and increase survival rates in cancer therapy.
Le journal du médecin, March 2017.
Comunicare is a project developed by the company Xelink on the initiative of Alfred Attipoe, informal care giver, with the support of the University Hospital of Liège. The project aims to develop an mobile application and a platform for the communicationn between patients and care givers in the context of chronic diseases, such as cancer as a first use case.
RTBF, May 2017.
For the two-hundredth anniversary of the arrival of John Cockerill and of the establishment of CMI (Cockerill Maintenance et Ingénierie) Group in Seraing, King Philippe visited a commemorative exhibition on Cockerill’s industrial saga and chaired a roundtable panel on the digital transition of Belgian industry. On this occasion, Alfred Attipoe had the opportunity present Comunicare to King Philippe, as a demonstration of one example of the digital transition in the region of Liège.
La Libre Belgique, 17/11/2017
Every week, La Libre Belgique (a Belgian newspaper) introduces two Belgian startups having been involved in a session of the “One Hour Challenge”. Portrait of Comunicare, and feedbacks of a professional coach (Ben Piquard, CEO of LeanSquare, or Roald Sieberath, “venture partner” at LeanSquare) and of a BNP Paribas Fortis’s expert (Benjamin Vasseur, Innovation Hubs Advisor – bank for entrepreneurs) are published.