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?



The aim of the PHArA-ON project is to provide integrated technology platforms for the elderly. Existing technologies will be linked and adapted to the needs of the users. This way, the care for and quality of life of older people can be improved. The project makes use of action research methodology where solutions are designed, implemented and tested with various stakeholders. The Dutch pilot mainly focusses on reducing loneliness, stimulating a healthier eating pattern and increasing physical activity. RRD coordinates the planning and evaluation of the different pilots.

SALSA – Supporting an Active Lifestyle for Seniors

Within SALSA, a service is being developed to support elderly people (55+) with healthy aging. SALSA supports the creation and maintenance of an active lifestyle by offering physical exercises, information and options for planning activities.

FRAIL – online service for treatment frailty older adults

This service exists of an online game with a physical training module, screening features and services to enrich the lives of lonely older adults. Next, domotics, wearables and clinical information systems will be connected, which allows for ample opportunities for big data analysis and intensive follow-up.

Back-UP – Support management of neck and low back pain

The Back-UP project (Horizon 2020) aims to create a prognostic model to support more effective and efficient management of neck and low back pain, based on digital representation of multidimensional clinical information, and automatic assessments of possible interventions.

Please contact

Stephanie Jansen – Kosterink
Researcher / human movement scientist

088 087 5717
Lex van Velsen
Department Head eHealth

088 087 5754
Gerdienke Prange – Lasonder
Sr. researcher / human movement scientist

088 087 5759