His Majesty the King visited Health House, situated in Heverlee (Leuven), on Wednesday 6 February 2019. Health House is an innovative experience center that brings visitors in touch with the future of healthcare. Visitors are invited to partake in a unique journey with the help of high tech tools such as 3D film, virtual reality, 3D-printing, a digital dissection table, motion-controlled exhibits, and various other visualizations.
During his tour, the King discovered the center’s dissection table, one of only two in the whole of Belgium. The table allows users to “cut through” a 3D body from any angle, which, for example, allows students in anatomy lessons to clearly see how implants should work and where they are best placed.
Health House also allows its visitors the chance to interact with new technologies from entrepreneurs. After a one-hour tour, the King met with various companies already busy in the sector, including Leuven MindGate members COMATE, Icometrix and Materialise.
Health House is set to launch a new storyline on the first of March, namely “Hospital of the Future.” Supported by (or whatever the correct verb is for his/her role) minister Jo Vandeurzen, it will focus on the role hospital research plays in the future of healthcare and what the best way to optimize this relationship can be.
In 2019, Health House will also expand its reach from tours and inspiring workshops for medical professionals to broader events dubbed “Public Thursdays.” Every third Thursday of the month, people will have the chance to visit Health House and uncover the newest advances in healthcare technology. The initiative is meant to make science communication all the more accessible.