MakeHealth meetup: personalised healthcare

'Open' design applications in healthcare for and by citizens: how do you personalise designs? Discover the possibilities of digital fabrication for you as a healthcare professional, care giver, or citizen with a care need. We will discuss the impact of open design on the healthcare domain with experts from the field: Ida Poortinga, developer of the 3D printed finger split, and Alex Schlub, Fabguru, former manager of Fablab Amsterdam and developer of the self-adjustable prosthesis.

'One size fits all' is known in the clothing industry, but does it work in healthcare? There are various examples of healthcare tools that are suitable for everyone. In practice, however, it appears that these tools are only really suitable for a small number of people. With the emergence of digital fabrication technology and the accessibility of online knowledge, it is possible for citizens and healthcare professionals to adapt (high-quality) healthcare applications to personal measurements or settings.

During this MakeHealth meetup we discuss how digital fabrication tools can be applied within healthcare. Together we discover the possibilities of parametric design: a form of design in which sizes can be easily adjusted. We discuss the use of hard- and software to make personalised tools with experts. And we show inspiring examples used in practice. Finally we discuss what the impact of this development means for our own situation and professional practice.

Admission is € 5, including a drink.

About the speakers:

  • Ida Poortinga is the developer of the 3D printed finger splint, that therapists and patients can easily adjust themselves. For her research study on this splint she won the IMDI Talent award 2015-2016. During the meetup we will discuss the example of the 3-D finger splint design by Ida.
  • Alex Schaub, Fabguru and former manager of the Fablab Amsterdam, Alex Schaub has many years of experience in setting up and running Fablabs. Alex co-founded Fablab Amsterdam and was the driving force behind the maker space for many years. He is one of the initiators of the self-adjustable prosthesis, in collaboration with House of Natural Fiber (HONF). Together, Alex, Waag and HONF founded the Fablab in Yogyakarta. In collaboration with SPRINT, Alex has organised several expert meetings on the self-adjustable prosthesis. Currently he is the general manager of the collective Contact Amsterdam. During this meetup, Alex will speak about the impact of open design on the healthcare domain.

About Made4You

In Made4You, citizens, healthcare professionals and makers work together to design and develop personalised care applications. Healthcare has changed radically over the past century. For a growing group of citizens, products and services in healthcare are either too expensive, do not match their needs, or simply do not exist yet. With the advent of better technology, the possibilities for developing digital healthcare applications have increased. With MakeHealth we want to develop new, open design applications and publish them online.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 780298.



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