In the medEmotion project, founding partners EFRO, LRM, BioVille, PXL and their IT-partner Cegeka are building a data platform for the health & care innovation ecosystem, integrating classic medical data (from hospitals, general practices, …), personal health data (from apps, wearables, …), as well as environmental and other contextual data sources. Aim of this endeavour is to facilitate digital health innovation actors and projects that empower research or improve healthcare efficiency and outcomes in a data-driven manner.

It has been a privilege to pivot the project from a dead-end street to a renewed project plan, meeting the captured needs & opportunities among researchers, care professionals and entrepreneurs in the health and care innovation ecosystem. The current plan leverages the projects, activities and ambitions of several digital health innovators in the region (UHasselt, Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg, Jessa Ziekenhuis, Noorderhart) that therewith joined the medEmotion partner consortium.

Happy to highlight the Remote Clinical Monitoring Center project in that respect: a major valorization path and use case for the versatile medEmotion platform, building on the lead use cases that are empowering hybrid care paths and research, both in the domain of cardiology and multiple sclerosis, to be situated at the Health Campus in Diepenbeek.

To disseminate the learnings, insights and knowledge gained in the process of setting up this ambitious innovation project, consortium and roadmap, we opted for a podcast as medium, featuring the skills of co-promotor PXL herein, as well as the much needed multidisciplinary expertise represented in the partner consortium.

In one of the first medEmotion podcast episodes, I had the honour to explain the vision and strategy behind setting up the medEmotion data platform. That was a first and last at the same time. My first time as a podcast guest. A symbolic wrap-up and good-bye as transition project manager. Stay tuned on your favourite podcast platform for the interesting topics and guests that are in the podcast pipeline!

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So much enjoyed participating in the co-creation of a book on integrated care, a model that almost everyone advocates as the way forward, but where the gap between word and deed turns out to be very unruly. In this book, 25 experts from all corners of healthcare and wellbeing look at what is already possible and beyond, from their own day-to-day trenches, expertise and experience.

My privilege was to write a chapter elaborating on the real promise of digitisation within the context of integrated care. Spoiler: it’s all about the unlocking of health data, both for primary use and secondary use (improving care efficiency and outcomes, empowering research). Happy to highlight the Remote Clinical Monitoring Center as an example project, and lead use case for the versatile health data integration platform medEmotion.

Feeling very grateful overall. For the opportunity to contribute to a multi-perspective, actionable framework for integrated care. For all people in my professional vicinity who help shape and stimulate my thinking and doing. Hope many of you will buy and read it, proceeds will go to a topically aligned charity.

Two-and-a-half-years in

Two-and-a-half-years into Diverge, and what a journey it has been.

2019 was all about the digital strategies of big pharma towards digital biomarkers, patient companions, platform and ecosystem thinking.

2020 was all about … COVID-19 obviously, but it also brought 2 most inspiring projects, enabling me to combine a historical passion for life sciences and medical biotech with a more recent interest in digital health.

Well into 2021, both projects have been extended:

  • into a structural lead in Strategy, Business and Client development for my favourite preclinical CRO focused on in vivo pharmacology of novel Alzheimer, Parkinson and Huntington therapies, and
  • into a Project and Partnership management role for the design-and-build of a data-platform enabled experimental hub that lowers the threshold to validate innovation ideas build on the better unlocking, exchange & sharing of health data.

Two worlds of real opportunity for multi-stakeholder value creation in healthcare, my number one ambition. Truly humbled and thankful for that.

What’s in a name

The name Diverge is a playful wink towards my “divergent” outcome in standard personality tests as well as my private journey into the “new normal” of work.

I am an ambivert. Not really fitting into one of the MBTI types and showing a multi-color DISC profile. I am naturally attracted towards the cross section of disciplines and domains, both in my professional life and pro bono societal activities. Connecting vision (conceptual and strategic thinking) with execution (hands-on and result-focused doing) in an iterative loop, is one of my biggest strengths as a professional, and how I love to work most.

Contemporary employment is increasingly diverging from the classical payroll model towards the building or enriching of teams with independent professionals. It took some time, honest feedback and the unrelenting support and belief of many people to discover this emerging model is a perfect fit for me. Enabling me to work with people whom I trust, that inspire and energise me. Allowing me to truly create value, make meaning and have impact. Get ready for the convergence of the divergent ones, as they have infinity as their limit