Enabling people with a physical or cognitive disability to participate in society as independently and meaningfully as possible by smartly making use of new technology.
This is the motivation that underlies our work. We put the patient and his or her carer first and investigate what is necessary to improve their situation. We therefore investigate which technology provides advantages for which group of patients and under which conditions, and we also explore what needs to happen before that technology can actually be put to use in clinical practice.
Our approach to care has to change. A growing number of people have a chronic condition, whereas the number of healthcare staff is decreasing. Sustainable solutions for the future must make effective use of healthcare capacity, and support patients as much as possible during their daily activities in their own surroundings.
Technology can play a role in this. Take, for example, telemedicine solutions, which can be used to monitor people at home, gain insight into their functioning, and provide them with tips about how they can facilitate their well-being. Another example is the use of smart ortheses or prostheses, which not only support an affected part of the body, but can also adapt to the changing capacities of the wearer and thus play a role in the recovery process.
A society in which people with disabilities can optimally participate as independently as possible and in which care for the chronically ill remains affordable. That is the ideal for which we conduct research and work on scientifically based and clinically proven products and services that are matched to the wishes and requirements of users.