Centre of Expertise Health Innovation

Research Group Technology for Health Care

A long, healthy life is what we are all hoping for. Thanks to advances in medical knowledge and a higher level of medical technology, the average life expectancy continues to rise. Yet all of these technological possibilities do not automatically lead to a better quality of life. Strong social cohesion is equally as important. Technology needs to serve the patient and promote interpersonal contact, whether this involves the use of care robots, 3D printing, domotics or other devices.

About the research group

The Technology for Health research group develops new technology for use in the medical and health care sectors

Medical Delta

Research and development activities are carried out in collaboration with partner institutions and companies from the Medical Delta region (Leiden-Delft-Rotterdam): TU Delft, LUMC, Erasmus MC, Sophia Revalidatie, Pieter van Foreest, Parnassia, Intespring, AdjuvoMotion, Robot Care Systems, RD Mobility, Totem Open Health, Westland Orthopedie, OIM, Ordina and numerous others.

Projects

Projects

3D printing of lightweight structures (ENLIGHTEN)

3D printing of lightweight structures (ENLIGHTEN)

3D printing provides so many possibilities for product design that it is a highly suitable method for creating customised products. It also makes it possible to print porous and therefore lightweight structures. This provides opportunities for various sectors. The Technology for Health research group is involved in the ENLIGHTEN project. Researchers, designers, machine builders and materials experts from companies and knowledge institutes are working together in this project to resolve the challenge of how to create unique, functional and high-quality lightweight products with 3D printing.
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Functioning as a family with a child with multiple disabilities

Functioning as a family with a child with multiple disabilities

The presence of a child with multiple complex disabilities has many consequences for family life. Many parents say it is difficult to find a balance between providing intensive care for the child and their desire to lead a ‘normal’ life as a family and as a person. Arranging for appropriate support and aids is often complicated and time-consuming. The Technology for Health research group studies what parents need in order to function well as a family.
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Smart Teddy taking care of senior citizens

Smart Teddy taking care of senior citizens

A smart teddy that keeps you company and watches over you can mean that the elderly can live at home longer and need less care. In view of the ageing population and the pressure on healthcare, these types of products are very interesting to use for elderly care. In the 'Smart Teddy' project, the Data Science and Technology for Healthcare research groups are developing and testing an interactive cuddly toy.
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