RRD’s position between the university and the rehabilitation centre is unique, and so is our approach. With our multidisciplinary team, ranging from rehabilitation physicians and psychologists to engineers, movement scientists and programmers, we have the relevant knowledge and experience for the entire chain: from identifying user requirements and the development and testing of prototypes in patient groups to the implementation and evaluation of the technology in actual treatment situations.
Design and implementation
Users across the entire spectrum take centre stage in our design process. In addition, we design not just a product or service, but also the entire care model around it. We map which role the technology can play, develop the business model and create an implementation plan. At an early stage, we determine who plays which role in the process and which interests these parties have. We engage in dialogue with all these parties to match their wishes in the area of care with technology and vice versa. By doing this, we increase the chances of new technology with demonstrated effectiveness actually being used by the therapist and reaching the patient. We deliver not only a technology that is ready for use and scientifically proven, but also the associated care protocols for care professionals, patients, or informal carers.
With the patients’ help, we can test technology still under development for ease of use and acceptance in order to improve the product. For example, we can investigate whether the product is easy and comfortable to use. Based on these findings, we can provide advice for a redesign.
We also perform impact studies. If a technology has been sufficiently developed, we measure whether the technology and the associated care protocol are at least as good in everyday practice as currently available treatments.
Another important focus is adoption: how do you ensure that people actually make use of a new service? Which bottlenecks and barriers play a role? And besides the manager, is the therapist on the work floor also enthusiastic about it?
With a background in human movement science (VU University Amsterdam) Stephanie joined RRD in October 2008 as a research assistant on the MoyTel project. After this project she continued working for RRD as PhD student in the field of telemedicine. End 2014 she successfully defended her PhD thesis: “The added value of telemedicine service for physical rehabilitation”. She worked/works on a number of European and National projects, including MyoTel, CLEAR, PLAYMANCER, Condition Coach, NavMem, PERSSILAA, eWALL and Langgezond.nl. In 2015 Stephanie past her GCP-WMO exam (BROK-registration) and since 2016 she is a member of the METC Twente. Her work mainly focusses on the (clinical) evaluation of telemedicine service.
Jansen-Kosterink SM, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR, Hermens HJ (2016). A renewed framework for the evaluation of telemedicine. The Eighth International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine: eTELEMED, Venice, Italy, 57-62.
Jansen-Kosterink SM, Huis in ’t Veld MHA, Wever D, Hermens HJ, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR (2015). Introducing remote physical rehabilitation for patients with chronic disorders by means of telemedicine. Health and Technology, 5(2), 83-90. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12553-015-0111-5
Jansen-Kosterink SM, Huis in ’t Veld MHA, Hermens HJ, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR (2015). A telemedicine service as partial replacement of face-to-face physical rehabilitation: the relevance of use. Telemedicine and e-Health 21(10), 808-813. https://doi.org/10.1089/tmj.2014.0173
Jansen-Kosterink SM, Huis in ’t Veld MHA, Schönauer C, Kaufmann H, Hermens HJ, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR (2013). A serious exergame for patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal back and neck pain: a pilot study. Games for Health Journal, 2(5), 299-307. https://doi.org/10.1089/g4h.2013.0043
Kosterink SM, Huis in ‘t Veld MHA, Cagnie B, Hasenbring M, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR. The clinical effectiveness of a myofeedback-based teletreatment service in patients with non-specific neck and shoulder pain: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 16(6), 316-321. https://doi.org/10.1258/jtt.2010.006005
Marit studied human movement science in Groningen, with the specialization “Rehabilitation care and care for disabled persons”. She graduated in 2005, whereafter she started as a PhD student at Roessingh Research and Development in the cluster Telemedicine. She received her doctor’s degree in 2011 and from that moment she has been working as a researcher on different projects with the scope being adoption and implementation of telemedicine services for patients with chronic diseases.
Dekker-van Weering MGH, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR, Hermens HJ (2016). Adherence to an online exercise program for COPD patients in the home environment- a pilot study. Health and Technology, 6(4), 259-268. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12553-016-0137-3
Dekker-van Weering MGH, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR, Hermens HJ (2015). A pilot study – the potential value of an activity-based feedback system for treatment of individuals with chronic lower back pain. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(24), 2250-2256. https://doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2015.1019009
Dekker-van Weering MGH, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR, Hermens HJ. Do personalized feedback messages about activity patterns stimulate patients with chronic low back pain to change their activity behavior on a short term notice? Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 37(2), 81-89. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10484-012-9181-6
van Weering MGH, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR, Hermens HJ (2010). The relationship between objectively and subjectively measured activity levels in people with chronic low back pain. Clinical Rehabilitation, 25(3), 256-263. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269215510380828
van Weering MGH, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR, Tönis TM, Hermens HJ (2008). Daily physical activities in chronic lower back pain patients assessed with accelerometry. European Journal of Pain, 13(6), 649-654. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpain.2008.07.005
Lex is a behavioral researcher who wrote his PhD thesis on the topic of user-centered design for personalization. Next, he worked as a Post-Doctoral researcher at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment where he focused on the design and evaluation of mobile health technology and health information seeking behavior. At Roessingh Research and Development, Lex works as senior researcher and holds a research line on requirements engineering for telemedicine services. His expertises include human-centered design, requirements engineering, information design, personalization and designing for privacy and trust. Lex is associate editor for BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.
van Velsen LS, Tabak M, Hermens HJ (2017). Measuring patient trust in telemedicine services: development of a survey instrument and its validation for an anticoagulation web-service. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 97, 52-58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2016.09.009
van Velsen LS, Wildevuur S, Flierman I, van Schooten BW, Tabak M, Hermens HJ (2015). Trust in telemedicine portals for rehabilitation care: an exploratory focus group study with patients and healthcare professionals. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 16(11). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12911-016-0250-2
van Velsen LS, Illario M, Jansen-Kosterink SM, Crola C, Di Somma C, Colao A, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR (2015). A community-based, technology-supported health service for detecting and preventing frailty among older adults: a participatory design development process. Journal of Aging Research, Article ID 216084, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/216084
van Velsen LS, Wentzel J, van Gemert-Pijnen JEWC (2013). Designing eHealth that Matters via a Multidisciplinary Requirements Development Approach. JMIR Research Protocols, 2(1), e21. https://doi.org/10.2196/resprot.2547
van Velsen LS, Beaujean D, van Gemert-Pijnen JEWC (2013). Why mobile health app overload drives us crazy, and how to restore the sanity. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 13(23). https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6947-13-23
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Gerdienke is a human movement scientist, with a PhD in the evaluation of robotic devices for rehabilitation of the arm after stroke. As senior researcher, she currently leads the research topic on therapeutic rehabilitation technology (Active Therapeutic Devices), involving supervision of 4 PhD students. She coordinates and supervises multiple European and national projects, in particular regarding clinical evaluation, collaborating extensively with care organisations, technical universities and companies. Her research is focused on applying technology for improvement of arm and hand functionality in clinical practice or at home, evaluating its impact and understanding associated neurological and biomechanical working mechanisms.
Nijenhuis SM, Prange-Lasonder GB, Stienen AHA, Rietman JS, Buurke JH (2017). Effects of training with a passive hand orthosis and games at home in chronic stroke: a pilot randomised controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, 31(2), 207-216. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269215516629722
Radder B, Prange-Lasonder GB, Kottink AIR, Gaasbeek L, Holmberg J, Meyer T, Melendez-Calderon A, Ingvast J, Buurke JH, Rietman JS (2016). A wearable soft-robotic glove enables hand support in ADL and rehabilitation: a feasibility study on the assistive functionality. Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering, 3(0), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1177/2055668316670553
Krabben T, Prange GB, Kobus HJ, Rietman JS, Buurke JH (2016). Application of the Teager Kaiser Energy Operator in an autonomous burst detector to create onset and offset profiles of forearm muscles during reach-to-grasp movements. Acta of Bioengineering and Biomechanics, 18(4), 135-144. https://doi.org/10.5277/ABB-00471-2015-02
Prange GB, Kottink AIR, Buurke JH, Eckhardt MMEM, van Keulen-Rouweler BJ, Ribbers G, Rietman JS (2015). The effect of arm support combined with rehabilitation games on upper extremity function in sub-acute stroke: a randomized controlled trial. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 29(2), 174-182. https://doi.org/10.1177/1545968314535985
Kottink AIR, Prange GB, Krabben T, Rietman JS, Buurke JH (2014). Gaming and conventional exercises for improvement of arm function after stroke: a randomized controlled pilot study. Games for Health Journal, 3(3), 184-191. https://doi.org/10.1089/g4h.2014.0026