Technology has been of great influence on all aspects of society so far and with the exponential increase in processing power and the miniaturization of hardware, a new era in diagnosis, treatment planning and care can be foreseen. This indicates that a programme that encompasses new technology will be able to stay in front of this wave, producing innovative solutions for the diagnostic and treatment workflow.
With ageing, citizens increasingly experience physical decline and mental & cognitive decline. Lifestyle-related factors, like nutrition, smoking and a decrease in physical exercise, cause or aggravate these problems. One innovative strategy is in changing the current patient care to health care; changing cure to prevention: not repairing damage, but preventing that damage occurs. Key for this is a system with which citizens can monitor their health and get advice on how to prevent health decline (self-management).
Another challenge in the current healthcare system is effective implementation of a 3D technology-based workflow in the clinical work floor. 3D clinical workflow consists of scanning, computer aided design, operation planning, and manufacturing (including 3D milling and 3D printing).
Joerd van der Meer
PHT strives to deliver innovative and personalized health technology to tackle clinical problems in medicine and dentistry and to enhance health self-management for independent living and improvement of quality of life.
Within the above described context, the main aims are:
To maintain and improve quality of life of chronic patients and vulnerable citizens by providing a comprehensive, validated and accessible toolbox with innovative self-sensing and intervention tools to assist and enhance health self-management.
To develop an ICT and 3D technology platform to acquire and process data in order to enable appropriate clinical decisions for personalized healthcare intervention.
To explore the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning in particular its applications in health care.