To sign up for this cluster, use Bison code L.27388.
Important note: students G&T (Health and Applied Technology) use L.27386.
This cluster consists of the following projects:

Topfit Citizenlab: concepts for a healthy live

The TOPFIT Citizenlab, a three-year research & innovation programme, sees citizens, healthcare professionals and companies join forces with researchers to develop and implement technological innovations for health & healthcare. In the near future, keeping healthcare available and affordable is set to become increasingly challenging, which calls for a new generation of solutions that can prevent, replace or relocate healthcare. As we learn more about how behaviour, lifestyle and our surroundings affect our health, a greater emphasis is placed on prevention and health promotion. Overall, the aim is to keep Dutch people healthy for five years longer. In this process of improving health and devoting more attention to prevention, citizens will be asked to play an increasingly important role. This is in line with today’s trends of increased self-management and self-reliance in healthcare, with citizens requiring more insight into and autonomy over their health. This calls for increased citizen involvement and participation in researching, testing, modifying and implementing innovations. On top of that, we will have to identify and give meaning to health problems and relevant technological innovations, also known as citizen science. The TOPFIT Citizenlab is working on a citizen science methodology developed for and by citizens that can actually be applied in practice in the healthcare sector. The people involved represent different health statuses and embody the principle of ‘positive health’, which revolves around a person’s ability to deal with life’s challenges and take control of one’s own life. Cases in the TOPFIT Citizenlab always start from the individual’s perspective, considering a person’s health status, working environment or its role in new technology development. There are various ways in which the TOPFIT Citizenlab can involve the general public, such as by making available experimentation facilities for research by citizens (‘Citizenlab Locations’), by actively involving citizens (‘Citizenlab Mobile’) and by creating an open platform that enables people to collect, analyse and share data independently (‘Citizenlab Digital’). Do you want to contribute to this innovative project, please don’t hesitate to sign in!

Interaction between children with autism and robots

‘Autism is characterized by difficulties in social interaction and communication and a restricted and repetitive repertoire of interests and activities’ (WHO, 2019). At Stichting De Kern, robot Zora assists professionals in the treatment of children with autism. However, professionals and management feel that the full potential of Zora has not been reached. In this project, you will work together with parents (and if possible children), professionals and a researcher of Saxion to improve care for children with autism. The project is focused on answering (one or more) of the following questions: how do professionals use Zora at this moment (what are successes and failures), how is Zora perceived by parents and their children and how can we improve care by optimizing the use of Zora? For example: by visiting other organizations that use Pepper and implement their best practices at De Kern or by new ideas of students. The ideas will first be discussed with parents, professionals and/or researchers. Will you help us to innovate care for children with autism?

Human-friendly interface for Decision Suport System guiding occupational health professionals

Annually, many workers leave their work due to health problems such as lower back pain, cancer or cardiovascular diseases. Currently, health professionals face challenges to keep a sustainable and healthy workforce, however, prediction of workers’ health in the future is challenging. In a comprehensive project, based on 1500 workers’ health data, a decision support tool based on machine learning is developed for prediction of work ability. The comprehensive project is being funded by NRO (NWO) and Tech For Future to combine expertise of both information technology and health. ( Currently, this project is the only one of its kind and is being performed by internationally leading researcher on occupational health. In this SSS project, the focus will be on developing the Decision Support Tool based on the available data. Currently, a REST API is available to get the results from the Decision Support Tool regarding the worker’s health. We aim to provide the end users with a proof of concept user interface that showcases the possiblitites to gain insight in the worker’s health, and consequently, the best advice to give to workers. We would also like to have some research done on the optimal machine learning approach for the Decision Support Tool. We aim for a multidisciplinary group consisting of students from creative bussiness, health professinals and IT. In this innovation project, IT students will focus on selecting the best predicting algorithms and developing communication structures (APIs), Health and Technology students will provide meaningful information based on outcomes of the database, incorporating latest insight on lifestyle and health, and Creative Business students will develop an attracting and easy to use front end with potential end users. All of these elements will ultimately be combined into a ready to use decision support tool for health professionals. Students will work in an international consortium of occupational health professionals, heartmath Benelux, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Alberta and Saxion researchers.

Finding technology for informal caregivers – designing a client journey and roadmap

Technology is rapidly becoming part of the everyday life of frail elderly living at home. The use of technology can contribute to their quality of life in different ways. E-health tools can enable communication with family, friends and caregivers. Domotics can increase comfort and safety at home. And assistive technology can be useful for people with disabilities. However, it is difficult for informal caregivers to find specific technology that is helpful for their specific challenges and which can support the frail older person in his/her daily life. Therefore, a first draft of a client journey for informal caregeviers is being developed by the Nursing Research Group of Saxion. This client journey provides some first insights into the process that informal caregivers undergo while taking care of an older person. Additionally, a first draft of a roadmap to find relevant technology has been developed. Both the client journey and the roadmap are in need of some additional research and design steps before they can be integrated into a solution for the informal caregivers. The aim of this project is to design a solution which brings together the client journey and the roadmap and to test its usefulness in the target group. A participatory design method will guide the project. For this project, we are looking for students with an interest in culture-sensitive care and with affinity with e-health technology. If you are interested to contribute to the question of how to facilitate and advance the adoption of technology, this project could be the right challenge for you.

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