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IT & Healthy Ageing

D Health Lab
The Digital Health Lab is a collaboration between the Groningen academic hospital UMCG (lead partner), University Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, and companies Wildsea and ReConcept. The ehealth living lab aims to support regional SMEs with the successful development and market introduction of new ehealth products and services.

Automatic resoning on health data
PhD research in which Talko Dijkhuis investigates ways to make large amounts of health related data (big data) accessible.

Do-It-Yourself Patient
Programme of mostly student projects on self management in healthcare. DIY Patient is a collaboration between the universities of applied science Windesheim, NHL, and Hanze. DIY Patient is supported by a grant from Foundation SIGI. Topics are autism, dementia, diabetes and Fit@Work.

Quantified Self @ Work
PhD research of Aniek Lentferink studying the use of wearable technologies by employees for improving their workability. Project in collaboration with colleague Louis Polstra, University of Twente, and Menzis.

IT support for Independent Living
Project for developing IT tools that support care givers in the context of Independent Living. Project leader is Mediapioniers. Funding comes from the Fryslan Fernijt programme.

Functional Fitness Monitor
Project for developing an integrated measurement, feedback, and coaching tool for improving sustainably the fitness of peolpe in strenuous professions. Project is sponsored by the IAG4 programme. Main applicant is colleague Johan de Jong.

Innovation Workshop Community Care
As a response to the growing cost of healthcare, the locus and responsibility of care is being shifted towards home and family, friends and neighbours. This ongoing workshop is aimed at developing tools and best practices for the empowerment of patients and the people in their network to receive and organise good care. This Innovation Workshop is part of the Centre of Expertise Healthy Ageing programme. Main applicant is colleague Wolter Paans.

Innovation Workshop eHealth and Nurse Practioners Mental Care
General practitioners are suported by specialised nurse practitioners in various fields. This workshop studies which ehealth tools can be used for diagnosis, monitoring, and first-line treatment in the domain of mental health. This Innovation Workshop is part of the Centre of Expertise Healthy Ageing programme.

Sustainable Nieuwolda
The village of Nieuwolda aims to be the most sustainable community in the Netherlands. This project creates model houses for experiencing sustainable living, i.e. low energy footprint and independent living. Domotica forms a substantial part of the selected approach.

Video communication in mental healthcare
Project studying when and how using video communication offers an adequate substitute for face-to-face communication in mental healthcare. Project is supported by RAAK. Project leader is Windesheim University of Applied Sciences.

Blended interventions for obesitas
PhD project in which Aranka Dol develops an online (mobile) version of an intervention for people suffering from emotional eating disorders.

Understanding of practice as a critical determinant in implementation strategies of evidence in health professions
PhD project studying how people working in healthcare professions can be made to adopt more often the results of rigourous research into their daily practice.

eHealth Maturity model
Master thesis study exploring the concept of ehealth maturity analogous to the notion of IT maturity in organisations. Aim is to develop a methodology for healthcare organisations to adopt increasingly complex ehealth innovations.

Innovation Workshop eHealth & Serious Gaming
Serious games are being developed and tested to support elderly who are living at home despite certain physical and/or mental disabilities. The innovation workshop is part of the Center of Expertise Healthy Ageing programme.

Innovation workshop Exergaming
Serious gaming is used as a means to keep young people suffering from DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder) motivated doing their training exercises at home as well as in a rehabilitation centre. The innovation workshop is part of the Center of Expertise Healthy Ageing programme.

Managing perception of success and failure of ehealth projects
Managers, health professionals and IT professionals appear to have their own perception and criteria of success and failure of ehealth project. This Master thesis study explored the differences and found some directions for managing perception of all stakeholders to achieve more successful projects.

Tablets in Healthcare
A tablet-based tool was developed to support home care workers to standardise and document the relevant healthcare information during conversations with clients/patients.

The international Interreg IVb project iAge develops IT support tools for an ageing population. The work is divided into people at work and people living at home. Within the work package on Work, experiments are conducted using sensors to help employees to manage their own fitness for the job. Within the work package on Living, IT and non-IT concepts are being developed that support independent living.

Students from several discipline were invited to join patients on their journey through a hospital and to allow themselves to wonder about anything unexpected. Whenever there was wonderment, there might be some opportunity for improvement. This long list of unexpected situations was analysed, creating a short list of desirable and feasible innovation opportunities. Wonderment was used as a tool for creating awareness among hospital personnel for innovation opportunities.

Fitness ZEVVB
Fitness equipment was modified to create motivational feedback loops for people suffering from severe mental and visual handicaps.

CAVE (Computer Aided Virtual Environment) allows people suffering from dementia to relive experiences from the past through film, sound, smell, and light. CAVE is implemented in a home for elderly people suffering from dementia. CAVE acts both as a means for care givers to support their clients and as a living lab for research into measuring and influencing wellbeing in elderly suffering from dementia.

Intelligente Monitoring of Mentally Handicapped people (IM-LVG)
NOVO, AVICS and the Hanze University collaborated on a project to improve self reliance among mentally handicapped persons in an independent living arrangement. The project employs sensor technology and IT technology for distance monitoring and intervention. Special attention was given to many non-technical issues, such as organisational impact, user acceptance, creating a feasible business case, and removing legal and responsibility obstacles.



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