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We are seeing a growing focus on providing care closer to home, taking ownership, small-scale care and flexible networks. Technology is a mainstay in our transition to a more sustainable positive health and even creates more opportunities. The Health Innovation Centre of Expertise uses technological innovations to promote health and create the conditions for a healthy life cycle.

The Health Innovation Centre of Expertise engages the residents in the metropolitan region of Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH) in resolving health issues that will affect them in life and wants people to experience an improved positive health. This includes preserving vitality, rehabilitating functions, supporting people in their daily activities and participating in social life. We connect the knowledge and expertise from research, education and practice and invest especially in a ‘Healthy Lifestyle’, ‘Care and Rehabilitation’ and a ‘Healthy environment’.

As a Centre of Expertise we believe there is added value in addressing complex health issues from multiple perspectives. Several Health Innovation research groups are working together with government and private partners in the labs at THUAS to resolve practice-based cases. How about the fitness centre or hospital room of the future, or the use of robots? We tell a more comprehensive and complete story about Health Innovation and our work is instantly recognisable and identifiable to the outside world. 

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Projects

Project City & Co

Project City & Co

The global ageing of the urban population calls for more age-friendly cities tailored to the wishes and needs of older adults and offering them every opportunity to participate in society. The research group Urban Ageing, together with national and European partners, will investigate the age-friendliness of four European cities during the three-year project City & Co: Older Adults Co-Creating a Sustainable Age-friendly City.
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Maintaining vitality with innovative technology (Medical Delta Living Lab VIT for life)

Maintaining vitality with innovative technology (Medical Delta Living Lab VIT for life)

People with vitality who – literally and figuratively – feel comfortable in their own skin use less healthcare. Increasing vitality by eating healthily and getting enough exercise has a positive effect on people and the healthcare system. In Medical Delta Living Lab VIT for life, the Healthy Lifestyle in a Supporting Environment Research Group and its partners are researching how technology can support improving vitality.
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Innovations in sport and exercise in the SportLab

Innovations in sport and exercise in the SportLab

The SportLab is a practical environment (‘field lab’) at the Zuiderpark Sports Campus. At the SportLab, researchers are working on innovations and research to help people exercise more and better and to improve sports performances. 
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A healthy lifestyle for cancer patients (Medical Delta Living Lab Better In Better Out)

A healthy lifestyle for cancer patients (Medical Delta Living Lab Better In Better Out)

People with cancer recover faster if they are in better shape at the start of their treatment. Being fit goes hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle: a healthy diet and enough exercise. Both technology and a good partnership between patient and care professional can support someone in learning and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But what application works best for whom? How can care professionals best work together with patients? The Oncological Care Research Group is involved in the Medical Delta Living Lab Better In Better Out to conduct a series of research on this.
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A healthier THUAS (Healthy@HHS)

A healthier THUAS (Healthy@HHS)

How can The Hague University of Applied Sciences become a healthy university and help its students and staff members at school and at work to lead and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle? Several research groups, degree programmes and service departments are working together in the project Healthy@HHS to answer that question. The research will lead to innovative projects and programmes that will help to improve the health of students and staff members. 
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Living Lab Social Domain and Technology

Living Lab Social Domain and Technology

How do we ensure that care remains accessible, affordable and viable now and in the future? Technology can play an important role here, but is still underutilised in care and in the social domain. The Living Lab Social Domain and Technology wants to change this. The Health Innovation Centre of Expertise is working together with the City of The Hague and others in this living lab.
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Exercise-friendly Zuiderpark

Exercise-friendly Zuiderpark

With a skate park, playground, fitness area and sports fields, The Hague’s urban Zuiderpark seems like a very exercise-friendly park. But despite all of these exercise facilities, vulnerable target groups are not using the park to exercise. The Technology for Inclusive Movement and Sport research group is researching how to set up Zuiderpark as an inclusive and motivating exercise environment.
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Vitality and health from young to old (Vitale Delta)

Vitality and health from young to old (Vitale Delta)

Vitality and health from young to old is an important theme for the Delta region of Leiden, The Hague and Rotterdam. The aging population and increased burden on care are a cause for concern. The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Leiden and Inholland University of Applied Sciences are working together to share knowledge and skills in the research programme ‘Vitale Delta’. They want to undertake steps to strengthen people’s resilience and ownership and create a healthy environment for residents in the region. 
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Home rehabilitation for the elderly (Medical Delta Living Lab Geriatric Rehabilitation@home)

Home rehabilitation for the elderly (Medical Delta Living Lab Geriatric Rehabilitation@home)

For many elderly people, rehabilitation at home is easier than following a rehabilitation programme at a healthcare facility. It prevents the patient from being dependent on others to get to the rehabilitation facility. Also, the patient does not have to wait until the scheduled appointment to work on their recovery. Various e-health applications can support this. But how do they best meet the needs of patients, treatment providers and family carers? Which applications work well for whom? And when? The Rehabilitation and Technology Research Group is conducting research to find answers to these questions.
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Blogs of a researcher

Conducting the research. Most students find it ‘boring. And difficult’. In this monthly blog I will share with you my experiences as a researcher. What challenges I encounter and how I resolve these issues. I will show you that res...

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