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‘Thanks to BlueHealth Antwerp and our investors, we’ve been able to take some major steps forward.’

‘Thanks to BlueHealth Antwerp and our investors, we’ve been able to take some major steps forward.’

How have things progressed with the first start-up participating in the BlueHealth Antwerp incubator programme? Georges De Feu, the co-founder and CEO of Lynxcare, gave us an update, six months after the start of the programme. 
 
LynxCare is a software application that uses artificial intelligence to gather, process and analyse medical data from different sources. The application makes the course of treatment taken by patients and the work of their healthcare professionals more efficient and more patient-centric. At the beginning of 2016, when founders Dries Hens and Georges De Feu responded to a call-out from BlueHealth Antwerp, they were selected as the first start-up.
 
‘We are extremely happy with the growth that we have experienced over the past few months. Thanks to BlueHealth Antwerp and our investors, we’ve been able to take some major steps forward in the development of our software. That is a long, slow phase for most start-ups. Luckily, Dries and I weren’t alone. Our team has really got as much out of it as possible. Our IT manager, Emanouil Kazaltzis, deserves a statue,’ Georges says with a smile. 
 
‘It’s been a busy few months,’ says Georges, looking back. ‘We started by running the first test project with our software in Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (ZOL), a hospital in Genk. The feedback we received has been priceless.’ 
 
Successful test project 
‘Today, data in hospitals is spread across a range of different sources; databases, consultation and operation reports, patient questionnaires and other systems. This makes it difficult for doctors and patients to maintain an overview in any course of healthcare or therapy. But with LynxCare, everything is bundled together. As such, the orthopaedists are able to manage cases more efficiently and in a more patient-centric manner. 
 
‘ZOL shares this information with patients. Every patient receives a ‘web key’ that allows them to log in to the Lynxcare platform. They can then keep track of their own situations. Through the software, they also receive notifications about their next consultations, the preparations for upcoming procedures, or for the courses of treatment that they’re following. This means the nurses, doctors and other professionals save time on their administration tasks: time that is better spent on the patients.’
 
Fast growth
 
‘What will the future bring? Through BlueHealth Antwerp, we have made interesting contacts with AGFA HealthCare, the Antwerp University Hospital (UZA) and the University of Antwerp. With their expertise, we’ve been working hard to further develop the product, even outside the field of orthopaedics. In the meantime, we’ve also received interest from various Flemish hospitals that want to use Lynxcare. This has presented us with our next challenge—we aren’t just resting on our laurels. Our big dream for the future is to launch in the United States.’