ViViDoctor raises €400,000 to bring teleconsultations to Belgium hospitals

ViViDoctor, a healthtech startup out of Brussels that offers teleconsultations with doctors, has raised €400,000 in seed funding as it continues to sell its service into hospitals. The company enables patients to consult with doctors and other specialists online, including via video conference. However, unlike a number of similar startups, ViViDoctor is partnering with hospitals, in addition to offering a direct to consumer version.

That, co-founder and CEO Sidar Ok tells me, has been met with some resistance by The Belgian Board of Doctors, which has chosen to oppose teleconsultations, contrary to the position of the European Union. “Our launch has created a lot of controversy in the local medical world as well as the media,” he says. “This has disheartened us, but after our research, the conclusion was that doing teleconsultations is not illegal, and can save lives, cost and time”.Launched with four hospitals and local...