Five years ago the Boston Scientific Foundation Europe (BSFE) was established and set up to champion the uprising of digital health by supporting innovative solutions that aim to improve people’s health and well-being.
In those five years 20 projects have been funded from 16 non-profit organisations in Europe reaching more than 50 countries in the EMEA region.
The projects have educated and empowered patients. They have improved clinical practice and upskilled patient advocates. They have challenged the norm with innovation in research. The Foundation has also supported humanitarian relief agencies in fighting the impact of disasters and emergencies.
The very first project funded was the Mécénat Chirurgice Cardiaque and they created the 5/5 mobile-learning programme to improve the diagnosis of heart defects in children living in underdeveloped countries.
“The training is very intuitive and simple and has very good recorded lessons with good examples that have allowed us to access paediatric cardiology.” says cardiologist Dominique Honoré Saka from Benin.
Now 550 doctors across Africa and the Caribbean have been trained.
In a first-of-its-kind platform, the Dystonia Physio Exercise Hub was developed to allow patients access to individualized online physiotherapy programmes.
“The physio hub helps me at home with doing my exercises. I can do my exercises more often. I get reminded of doing my exercises. The animations make you remember how to do the exercises. It gets like a daily routine. Physiotherapy helps my condition to loosen up the muscles. It helps me to have a more normal life. To make you feel better. Be more happy and live your life”, says Roger Funhagen from Sweden.
The Foundation is grateful to the hard-working partners who have insured that the support has maximum impact. BSFE President Simonetta Balbi says: “We are here to make a difference, and this milestone is only the beginning.”
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