Healthcare Research Projects

GameBus provides a configurable App to turn currently perceived duties regarding cognitive, physical and social activities into an enjoyable gaming experience. The key idea is to let people play the different games they enjoy truly as an individual in such a way that they are part of an integrated social interaction. Among others, elderly are able to play their favorite brain training game (e.g., SudGBvideooku) while joining forces with their younger peers that go out for a physical activity (e.g., running). The project was funded twice as a one year innovation activity in the action line (AL) EIT Digital Wellbeing (DWB), priority area “Early detection and treatment of mental deterioration”. It contributes to the long term strategic goals of the DWB AL by providing a novel instrument to tackle social exclusion. The  project produced besides various tangible outputs (apps, APIs, …) also various reports (on business modeling, technology experimentation, etc.).

CBMS-TracebookTraceBook is a research project funded by the BrainBridge collaboration between China and The Netherlands and between academic, medical and industrial partners in both of these regions. Funding covers one PhD student, travel costs and supervision costs for the PhD (Shan Nan) and related master students. The project investigated and bridged the Dutch-Chinese differences in three areas (knowledge representation, medical UI best practices and EMR integration). The primary output is a novel platform for executing dynamic checklists at the point of care.

Hui17BHIThe project “A process analysis and process mining toolkit for clinical pathway management” is also funded by the BrainBridge program. Funding covers one PhD student, travel costs and supervision costs for the PhD (Hui Yan) and related master students. The project has focused on deviation analysis techniques for clinical pathways. The project has delivered various publications (e.g., at BHI 2017) as well as a toolkit which has been applied in various Dutch  and Chinese case studies related to cardiology and ICU pathways.

DARTS-CSI darts(Deviation Analysis Results Tailoring Safety Checklist Systems Intelligently) is a 9 months NWO IPPSI funded project in the area of advanced clinical decision support. The main goal is to design the first Clinical Pathway Support System that reconciles flexibility with safety by managing deviations from pathways in the context of dynamic checklists and workflows. Medical staff should be supported by integrating the system with existing hospital ICT systems and work procedures.

Maturity Models in Healthcare: MaturityModelsMaturity models have been used to assess and improve the quality of organisational practices, operations and infrastructure in diverse business domains. Our research in this project aims at developing, applying, and evaluating maturity models in the “healthcare” domain. In the course of this project, we have developed two maturity models and applied them in several healthcare organizations across The Netherlands. The first model is the “Care Pathway Maturity Model (CPMM)”, which helps healthcare organizations to improve a particular or a set of care pathways, and traverse from an immature to a mature state. The second model is the “Patient-Centeredness Maturity Model (PCMM)” that guides healthcare organizations in assessing their existing level and capabilities regarding patient-centeredness, identifying aspects that require attention and improvement, and indicating a roadmap for improvement. The current research efforts focus on the application and validation of these models in healthcare settings.

MyPHRMachines is a private cloud enabling the safe execution of untrusted code on personal health data. The project has run for two years on internal budget and it has produced three research papers and a software prototype.