Look back at the SMB meeting: the role of keeping our healthcare system healthy

This SMB meeting was about the role of keeping our healthcare system healthy, in all aspects.

Remco Hoogendijk of the Sint Maartenskliniek started the first presentation and talked about their MaaS project and the online environment that has been created for patients to follow and plan their own care and treatments. Remco expects that care will become increasingly virtual, including appointments.

Angelique Moonen of VIGO Group focused on the ‘Wicked problems in healthcare’; Long waiting lists, long waits for surgery and the shortage of professionals. At the same time, patients only expect more from professionals. In order to actually implement digital innovations, things need to change! Vigo Group is happy to start a change and has created a new Platform Ecosystem, where people work on their mental health and mental resilience themselves and can get a better match with the professionals.

E-Health specialist Ruben de Neef from Luscii talked about unlocking the power of patients. With Florence Nightingale as an inspiration to approach the condition of a patient from a different point of view. Luscii can be a virtual member in your care team, an extra team member. Luscii notices things in the home of the patient and sees different things than the doctor in the hospital sees. There is already a large library in this tool with 40 pathways to follow, developed by doctors and nurses for the patient. And the possibilities are endless for further digital development in the future.

Gert-Jan de Brok, co-founder of InMotion VR is very fond of games and technology. So their motto is: Let’s play to heal. They use Corpus VR for the rehabilitation of a patient. As many people already use wearables with sensors, they can reach a large audience and it’s very cost & time efficient. Gamification is fun, which is why it works better than traditional methods of physiotherapy.

Finally, we were updated on the Digital Health Hub by Tom van de Belt and Floor van de Watering. Tom started the presentation with a digital health ecosystem analysis of our region. Floor van de Watering adds: Healthcare professionals encounter problems that they do not communicate efficiently to innovative organisations. And on the other hand companies develop innovations that the healthcare sector does not need or see as a problem. And for some problems the solution might already be available in a completely different market (e.g. planning tools for distribution).

The digital health Hub will fill this gap and bring the right parties together, so that relevant innovations can be made and the pressure on healthcare can be relieved with the help of digital innovations. It will be a great, but rewarding challenge for the future to work on this together!

We thank all the speakers for their interesting contributions to this SMB meeting about digital health!

The role of digital health in keeping our health system financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable (online)

Date: January 27th
Login: 15:45
Time: 16:00-17:00 hrs (+ online networking)
Location: Online

Without interventions 1 in 4 people will work in healthcare in 2040 (compared to 1 in 7 now). And even these days it is already hardly sustainable in terms of people and costs. The inevitable conclusion is that we need to improve productivity not by working harder but by working smarter. This is possible with the help of Digital Health innovations.
During the covid pandemic, digital health innovations have been increasingly used for virtual care and self-management. There was a clear shift from digital health innovations as ‘a potential opportunity’ to ‘an immediate necessity’. Since digital health innovations hold the potential to further improve the efficiency, accessibility and quality of care such as by reducing workload and fewer travel movements, the question is how we can accelerate implementation. Not only during this pandemic, but also when the pandemic comes under control.
How can the healthcare ecosystem retain added value from digital health innovations? How can the ecosystem start new collaborations that result in better digital health innovations?
So how do we improve productivity overall whilst increasing quality? In the SMB meeting on January 27 two care organisations and two health companies will explain how they deal with digital health innovation. Moreover, Tom van de Belt (Digital Health Ambassador Nijmegen & Radboudumc) and Floor van de Watering (OostNL) will present their plans for the digital health hub, an initiative with the aim to improve healthcare through cooperation between health organizations and health companies.
Welcome by Martijn Kriens from Briskr
Maartenskliniek (Remco Hoogendijk)
Vigo groep (Angelique Moonen)
InMotionVR (Gert-Jan Brok)
Luscii (Ronald Scheffer)
Digital Health Hub (Tom van de Belt, Radboudumc & Floor van de Watering, Oost NL)
Questions & wrap up
For those interested, we will conclude the event with the opportunity for online networking where you will be placed randomly in a Zoom room. 
Online event
This event will be streamed online. A login link will be provided by email a few days before the event. 
Good to know
Presentations are in English & the entrance is free (registration upfront is needed though). We welcome new guests, so please feel free to pass on this invitation to relevant people in your network!
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Digital Health companies in the Nijmegen region

Health Valley has published a Digital Health Guide together with the Radboudumc, the Novio Tech Campus, the Municipality of Nijmegen and Briskr. The aim: to connect Digital Health players in the Nijmegen region and beyond! This will benefit the development and scaling up of Digital Health innovations and economic growth in the Nijmegen region.

Focus region Nijmegen
Digital Health is an important focus for the Nijmegen region, given its large healthcare sector. Over a quarter of the inhabitants have a job in healthcare. In addition, the region is home to many knowledge partners, healthcare organisations and innovative entrepreneurs who are working every day to improve healthcare with digital solutions. Digital Health ambassador for the Nijmegen region Tom van de Belt is therefore pleased with the guide’s arrival.

“The challenges facing healthcare are considerable and innovations can help us keep healthcare affordable and of good quality, now and in the future. Looking at the guide, it strikes me how much we as a region already have to offer in the area of digital health. The innovative power stands out, not only in companies but also in healthcare institutions and knowledge institutes.”

Global problem, local approach
Although the players in the field of digital health often operate internationally, there is also a need for local and regional cooperation. Van de Belt: “Developments in the field of Digital Health are rapid and you need to follow developments on a global scale, but certainly also locally. I see this guide as a calling card for the region, so that parties from here and abroad can see at a glance what we have to offer”.

Players know how to find each other
If you want to make an impact in the field of Digital Health, you need the right partners. Chris Doomernik, director of Health Valley states: “You can map out your problem and wish list for healthcare as well as you can validate your innovation, if you want to scale up you simply cannot do it alone. It is therefore important that partners from the triple helix find each other more easily. That will benefit the development and scaling up of digital health innovations and economic growth.

Click here for the guide.