Published on June 26, 2014
Meet the Medical Delta-eleven 1 1 professors on a mission Pro.dr.ir. Ton van der Steen 04 Pro.dr. Wiro Niessen 08 Pro.dr. Frank Willem Jansen 12 Pro.dr.ir. Boudewijn Lelieveldt 06 Pro.dr. Jenny Dankelman 10 Scientists, engineers, medical doctors, industry and local government work together in the Medical Delta region to fnd solutions or sustainable care. This is o great importance. Lie expectation keeps increasing. More and more people become chronically ill. There are many new developments and we are always hungry or more. Clever innovations and technology can help to improve the quality o care and to keep it aordable, without losing the human touch. To employ specialised medical care only when it is strictly necessary. To oer more care close to home and to increase people’s sel-reliance. Patches, or example. Smart plasters that can help monitor any number o values and give users direct eedback on the infuence o their behaviour upon their health, which makes undergoing therapy much easier and more attractive to do. Inormal carers are oered greater reedom as they are warned when their loved ones who are suering rom the onset o dementia start to stray. Apps that help to organise care at home or in the community. And minimally invasive operation techniques which get patients back on their eet much aster. All o the above are already available. But technology does not necessarily make care cheaper and better. Treatment does not always improve the quality o lie. And we do not want people to visit their doctor and demand unnecessary examinations on the basis o the Internet and apps. So it’s not just about clever solutions, but it’s also about ensuring that we use them cleverly. And that they replace old methods and techniques. That they really help us to remain ull o lie or as long as possible; that we are sel-reliant and take the reins ourselves. I we achieve this, we will be able to improve the quality and aordability o care. This is o tremendous value to everyone. The Minister o Health, Welare and Sport Edith Schippers Clever innovations and technology can help to improve the quality of care and to keep it affordable, without losing the human touch.