eHealth (also written e-health) is a relatively recent term for healthcare practice supported by electronic processes and communication, dating back to at least 1999. Usage of the term varies. A study in 2005 found 51 unique definitions. Some argue that it is interchangeable with health informatics with a broad definition covering electronic/digital processes in health while others use it in the narrower sense of healthcare practice using the Internet.


Recent developments in healthcare focus on the wide adoption of technology. But how are the users involved in this?


Do you have an idea for a care solution that makes everyday life easier? Develop your own prototype in MakeHealth: Prototyping.


Zeven exhibits curated and supported by Waag at the exhibition 'Chronic Health' at the Dutch Design Week 2018.


What kind of prototype for an open healthcare solution can you develop in eight weeks? We look back at the projects of the first series MakeHealth Prototyping.


Every day we practically examine how technology can be used to solve current social issues and challenges.


What role can design play for healthcare? And how? These questions were central during the Design for Health (D4H) conference in Melbourne.


A cross-over cooperation is a way of approaching social issues that require knowledge drawn from different felds. The new publication ‘Care for Design in Care’ describes the experiences of a diverse team with the cross-over project called FIT. The social issue to be tackled in this project concerns people living with dementia and how they can find suitable products and services that correspond to their needs for living independently at home.


One of the reasons that many eHealth apps have not yet become established is that they do not properly meet the needs of patients and healthcare professionals. What exactly are the conditions for these applications to support both groups in managing chronic diseases?


With products ranging from a telephone table converted to accommodate healthcare equipment to an “uneasy” chair that motivates its user not to sit down, the HOSPITAbLe Collection fuses everyday home objects with healthcare.


End of March the project 'Applied gaming for a non-smoking generation' started. In this project we collaborate with the Dutch Youth Health Centre (Nederlands Centrum Jeugdgezondheid, in Dutch), VUmc, GGZ Amsterdam and the end users, to develop game elements for young (expectant) mothers in order to help them quit smoking.


On 6 April 2017, the City Health Monitor was presented during the event Jij Maakt de Stad! at The Student Hotel in Amsterdam. This monitor shows the current health state of our capital on five themes: food, green, energy, resources and clean air. The conclusion from this report is: Amsterdam is on the right track, but a lot remains to be done.


People who are suffering from dementia want to live at their own home as long as possible, and the government also wants a society where people can get old in their familiar environment. More and more (technological) support is available to make this happen. The latest FIT publication offers an overview of products and services that are available to support people with dementia to keep living in their own home.


That plants and flowers have a positive effect on our health is since long a known fact. We experience tranquility in green surroundings, are less stressed and recover faster. So why have our health facilities not yet become a green oasis then? In the third edition of Blooming Cities at Pakhuis de Zwijger, this was the central question, and more than 80 people from both the green and health care worlds came together to discuss an action plan for a greener care environment.


The creaky wooden floor in the Theatrum Anatonicum of the Waag was covered in white, the vodka for a DNA extraction experiment was ice cold, and the 3D printer warming up. Waag's Do-It-Yourself Healthcare Clinic was about to open its doors to the public—or, rather, to prospective creators and 'patients'.


From her ambition to explore the potential of new technologies for the development of healthcare products, Ida Poortinga - Master student Biomedical Engineering at the University of Groningen - came to the Waag and was enthusiastic to take up this issue. In this blogpost Ida will explain her graduation project “Local fabrication of a custom-fit finger splint, using parametric design and additive manufacturing”.


Bringing innovators together, that is what Amsterdam Health is about: the online platform where you meet other health professionals. And of course, the Creative Care Lab initiatives of Waag are on board.



FIT publication

For the project, a new publication was presented on 4 October 2016, aimed at persons who have to deal with dementia, designers, researchers, care givers and others interested in the subject.


nspiration and acknowledgment is what MakeHealth is about. MakeHealth is a program that explores how patients and healthcare professionals could create solutions for their own personal challenges. This blogpost aims to give an impression of the changing roles of patients and healthcare professionals by stringing together the statements and visions of the different speakers at the third MakeHealth meetup at Pakhuis de Zwijger.


A DIY-surgery robot doesn’t go without consequences. That stands to reason. But what about a seemingly simple finger splint?


How to solve real problems with the use of technology? That is the central question of the ongoing campaign of the Vodafone Foundation in The Netherlands, called the Mobiles for Good-challenge. Waag has been involved as a partner in the four years the campaign is running now.


Within the CHASING project, our Creative Care Lab develops a 'serious game' with Radboud University of Nijmegen and the Sint Maartenskliniek. CHASING stands for: CHAllenging Speech training In Neurological patients by interactive Gaming. The game aims to provide fun and effective training support for patients who are facing speech problems due to chronic neurological illness.


Today, we found an article in the Dutch magazine Computer Idee that is interesting for more than one reason. It's about Linkx, one of the six winners of the most recent edition of the 'Mobiles for Good Challenge', that we organized together with Vodafone Foundation, for start-ups that aim to solve societal issues with mobile technology. Linkx won thirty thousand euro and gets four months of support to bring the product on the market.


On Monday morning 13 July 2015, the ‘24hr Inclusive Design Challenge’ started at the Design4Health congres in Sheffield, Engeland. The morning started with a keynote by Julia Cassim (KYOTO Design Lab) on inclusive design. After some inspiring examples a briefing followed to design an 'inclusive' intervention for one of the (many) challenges that Parkinson patients are facing, based on the patients' input as design partners.


3D printing is a hot topic in the news at the moment and everyone seems to be interested when you’re talking about it. Seven paramedical care students of the minor Care Technology (at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) had the opportunity to work with it. Twan van Dam and Felix van Balgooi investigated the possibilities of 3D printing in the paramedical care at Waag's Fablab.


The March issue of the magazine Zorgvisie ICT contains an interview with Sabine Wildevuur of Waag's Creative Care Lab. The article, titled 'Ontwerpen voor de zorg' (Designing for healtcare) is written by Betty Rombout.


On January 23rd, 2015 six winning teams in the Mobiles for Good challenge pitched their applications in front of a large audience.


The Mobiles for Good Challenge, an initiative of Vodafone Foundation, searched for social enterprises that use mobile technology to solve real Dutch issues.


From interactive playgrounds to online tools that predict future climate changes and apps that could prevent sport injuries. Just some examples of 50 innovative applications that were shown on 2 October 2014 during the The Big Future of Data event of the COMMIT/ research programme.


During the Mobiles for Good Challenge, Vodafone Foundation searched for social applications that use mobile technology for smart solutions for society.


This blog post series tells the on-going process of our 'Measuring Less to Feel More' project, in which we are collaborating with Inreda Diabetic, a Dutch company developing the world first Artificial Pancreas.


It has been a while without an update on ‘Measuring Less to Feel More’, a project that aims at rethinking the care of diabetes. And many things happened!


The final episode of firestarters the series: #06 Health in Your Hands, focuses on the increasing role of mobile technology in health services. In this docu the doctors Marlies Schijven and Erich Taubert are followed besides Sabine Wildevuur (head of Creative Care Lab Waag) and designer Renato Valdes of the app Human.


At the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam the staff is not only thinking in medical solutions but also about virtual solutions for their patients. Two new apps help patients to find their way in the hospital and contribute to hospitality.


In four sessions (two workshops with patients, and two with professionals) on two locations (Enschede and Amsterdam), we conducted user research on which elements are playing an important role of trusted healthcare services.


On the18th of December 2013, a group of researchers, (fashion) designers, developers, entrepreneurs and healthcare professionals gathered in the historic Anatomical Theatre.


The Dutch 'Mobiles for Good Challenge' is about innovation in healthcare. In this competition Vodafone Foundation and Waag are in search of mHealth applications that use mobile technology for smart solutions in healthcare.


In the first nrc•next Saturday edition of the newspaper, the 'offline' addendum contained an article about technology for seniors.


During the Mobiles for Good Challenge, Vodafone Foundation and Waag searched for mHealth applications that use mobile technology for smart solutions in healthcare. At the Emerce eHealth congress, from over 200 entries the following winners emerged: PebbleMED, CareRate and Mobiles for Mothers. These initiatives will each be supported with 40.000 euro to realize their applications.


A game, apps, a chip, online services and a watch. The finalists of the Mobiles for Good Challenge are announced!


An app that acts as a navigator and answers all the questions that may arise during the trip with the train or bus, concerning planning problems, or delays or transfers.


The New Institute presents Designing Health, an exhibition on designing for health care, at the Designhuis in Eindhoven. Curated by Sabine Wildevuur, it shows how technology, innovation and design have influenced health care throughout history and what they are capable of contributing to it now and in the future.


On 5 April 2013, Marjolein Lunenborg graduated at the University Twente, direction health psychology. The subject of her thesis was our project BodyGuard. A short report of her internship at Waag.



Care & ICT

During the Care & ICT fair at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht on 13, 14 and 15 March 2013 several interesting technology projects for health care were presented.


A care robot with a name that reads as a number plate: the P37 S65. Of course, this is still a prototype.


The iPad may not seem like social tool, but the new games that Waag developed show us the opposite. You can play the games together on an iPad, and they are designed to encourage sharing personal stories. Away with those traditional board-games: from now on we gather around the iPad with our family for a nice evening!


Nowadays, we can buy devices and machines of any kind and for almost any purpose, function or deficiency. However, or maybe because of this, many makers have devoted themselves to developing their own inventions.


There are about 2,6 million elderly (over 65) living in The Netherlands. Many of them experience that there are less people around when they age to have a chat with. The increasing pressure on the spare time of their children, family and friends, or even people emigrating, make it difficult for elderly to keep in touch with their loved ones. A tablet can be an interesting gadget to enrich their daily life and the fill in the need for social contact. Waag asked two students of Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences to research what the possibilities and limitations are of the use of tablets in the life of elderly people.


An interactive installation in a normally very dull hospital corridor offers children a welcome distraction on their way to the operating theatre. Jason Bruges Studio has created an interactive ‘distraction artwork’ at Great Ormond Street Hospital, designed for patients aged 1-16.


The winners of the innovation contest in healthcare (mHealth) are improving malaria testing, hospital visits by elderly and speech options for the voiceless.


How do you involve older people in the design of a Smart House? This is one of the questions Phillemonne Jaasma tried to answer during her internship at Waag.