The Brussels Health Network


Managed by the Brussels Association of Medical Telematics (abbreviated as Abrumet), the Brussels Health Network is used for the electronic and secure sharing of health data by and between health care providers, care institutions and patients. It interconnects all the hospitals and doctors in Brussels and is in turn connected with other health networks in the country.

The Brussels Health Network aims to improve the care processes through a better flow of information and better coordination by and between care providers who have immediate access to the relevant data of the patient they care for.

It also enables the patient to be involved in his or her healthcare by giving them access to their medical data also.

The Brussels Health Network cooperates with the (federal) e-Health platform and has developed with respect for the individuality of each partner and due concern for the maximum protection of the privacy of patients.

Evolution of the Brussels Health Network  since 2005, from its creation in 2012 to the current year. Includes milestones such as the connection of hospitals, the opening of patient access, e-prescription, and the extension of connected software, with highlights such as the CEF project and the move towards dematerialization of prescriptions.

How does it works

To benefit from the services of the Brussels Health Network, health professionals and patients must have given their consent to electronic data sharing for the continuity of care. This is the precondition for care providers to be able to access the patient’s data.

To access the Brussels Health Network portal themselves, patients must also register. If patients have not already given their consent to a care provider, registration on the Brussels Health Network is tantamount to consent for data sharing.

Only health professionals with a therapeutic relationship with a patient can access their medical information, and with the prior agreement of the patient.

Medical documents issued by hospitals, laboratories, health care institutions, are housed where they were created and are available 24/7 to intra-hospital and extra- hospital doctors. Only references of these documents are centralized.

The health professionals do not publish the entirety of their patient records; they only publish the relevant documents for continuity of patient care.

Health professionals gain in time and efficiency as they have a global view of the patient’s health.
This approach strengthens the integration of primary care. In case of medical attention, the care of patients is facilitated by access to shared documents. The doctor on duty may in turn create a provisional medical summary.

Health Networks in Belgium

In Belgium there are four health networks:

1. The Brussels Health Network,
2. The Walloon Health Network
3. Cozo 
4. VZN 

They all communicate with each other through the federal e-health portal project (Project Hub Métahub).

They are the ones who enable the secure sharing of your health data. These health networks are interconnected with each other and with the federal portal so that the data can be shared throughout Belgium.

Belgium is particularly advanced in e-health and there is no equivalent to our health networks in neighbouring countries.


The Brussels Health Network brings together all private, public and university hospitals with Brussels associations of general medicine, the Fédération des Associations de Médecins Généralistes Bruxellois (FAMGB) [Federation of Associations of the General Practitioners of Brussels] and the Brusselse Huiszorgverstrekkers Kring (BAHK) [Brussels Association of General Practitioners].
The cooperation by and between all these key healthcare players led to the creation of the non-profit association Abrumet asbl and the development of the Brussels Health Network.

The Brussels Health Network works in cooperation with the Fédération Régionale des Associations de Télématique Médicale (FRATEM) [Regional Federation of Medical Telematic Associations] (Walloon equivalent of Abrumet), which manages the Walloon Healthcare Network.
The Brussels Health Network is financed by the Commission Communautaire Commune (COCOM) [Common Community Commission] and all the Brussels hospitals.

It benefits from the support of the Ligue des Usagers des Services de Santé (LUSS) [League of Users of Health Services] and the Vlaams Patientenplatform [Flemish Patient’s Platform] (i.e. the French- and Dutch-speaking patients’ associations respectively), and the mutual insurance companies.

It cooperates with the Flemish data exchange networks such the Collaboratief Zorgplatform (CoZo) [Collaborative Care Platform and the Vlaams Ziekenhuisnetwerk KU Leuven (VznkuL) [Catholic University of Leuven Flemish Hospital Network], and with the digital platform of the Flemish authorities Vitalink.