Health care or healthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health via the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in human beings. Healthcare is delivered by health professionals (providers or practitioners) in allied health professions, chiropractic, physicians, physician associates, dentistry, midwifery, nursing, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, psychology, and other health professions. It includes the work done in providing primary care, secondary care, and tertiary care, as well as in public health.


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.


The Embassy of Health at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven showed how we can shape care together.


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.


For eight weeks, more than 20 participants could be found in the Fab Lab working on an open healthcare solution.


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


We think that healthcare solutions can be co-created, supported and spread by patients and healthcare professionals.


In the DIY Healthcare workshop ten curious and inquisitive citizens gathered to create open solutions in healthcare.


Waag's Creative Care Lab is featured in the March/April 2018 edition of Frame magazine.


Between the 4th and 6th of February, Waag supported the Spaarne Hospital hospital in organizing a hackathon. In this hackathon, the central question was: How do we make Spaarne Gasthuis an even more senior friendly hospital?


Healthcare demands and solutions are changing rapidly. Open-source hardware will play an important role in the future.


Design blog Dezeen has interviewed Sabine Wildevuur of our Creative Care Lab in their series called 'Good Design for a Bad World'. In the interview, she describes healthcare as "a closed system" in which patients have little power.


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


Paulien Melis and Janine Huizenga were at the camp Entre-Nous to speak about Make Health on behalf of the Creative Care Lab.


In the Dutch project FIT we are aiming to support people who suffer from dementia and their carers in finding the right solutions in and around the home.


On Tuesday the 19th of September, Frank Kolkman performed the first of a series of public experiments called ‘Outrospectre’ at Waag


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.


In 2016, Amsterdam won the iCapital Award for the most innovative city in Europe. Now, a public campaign titled 'Amsterdammers, Maak je Stad!' (Amsterdammers, make your city!) has been launched for all citizens of Amsterdam to participate in.


Sabine Wildevuur works three months as a research fellow at Fondation Brocher in Switzerland to write a study about the social impact of new eHealth and telemedicine-applications.


As a graduate student from the Information Design Department at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Greta Castellana collaborated with the Creative Care Lab of the Waag to further develop her master project. Greta focussed on the medical consultation between healthcare professionals and breast cancer patients.


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.


As part of the 3Package Deal 2016, experimental designer Frank Kolkman will start working at Waag, being one of the 15 artists selected for the programme.


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.


"The creative industry and creatives are important in the development of eHealth", stated Health minister Edith Schippers in an intermezzo with Waag’s Creative Care Lab in the beautiful Blue Room of the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. From 8 till 10 June 2016, it is all about eHealth.


A DIY-surgery robot doesn’t go without consequences. That stands to reason. But what about a seemingly simple finger splint? May that run out of control and result in do-it-yourself permanently crooked fingers or ugly skin reactions? In this blogpost I will explain the regular route to guarantee the quality and safety needed to market a medical device, and discuss it’s usability for HealthMakers.


On the 9th of March, the doors of 'Huis de Pinto' were open for everyone interested around the theme of 'MakeHealth'. Healthcare experts, pioneers in DIY healthcare, students, patients and other interested in the topic came together to discuss what is possible when patients and providers take matters into their own hands, and start making solutions for health related challenges themselves.


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.


In Sheffield (UK), the third European Design4Health-conference took place from 13-16 July 2015. The overall theme of this meeting was the synergy of the practice. Multidisciplinary collaboration in the field of design and healthcare was viewed from from different angles.


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.


Sabine Wildevuur of Waag's Creative Care Lab has, together with Lianne Simonse, written a paper called "Information and Communication Technology–Enabled Person-Centered Care for the “Big Five” Chronic Conditions", published by JMIR Publications.


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.



Dementia care

This is a first post in a series about the new project The Art and Science of Dementia Care, that started in October 2014. Commissioned by the Creative Industries Fund and care organisation Cordaan, the architects Henri Snel and Caro van Dijk organize co-creative labs about spatial design for people with dementia


Sabine Wildevuur, head of Waag’s Creative Care Lab, talked to Elke van Riel (RIVM Magazine) about the role that creative technology can play in the wellbeing and social connectedness of elderly people.


Are robots becoming more and more human? Are we at the stage where bots are no longer toys to play with, but also tools that we can implement in our care system? During the workshop Living Labs for Healthy Ageing, organised by the Creative Care Lab of Waag, a group of 40 experts in this field explored how a living lab approach and service design can be used to develop product service systems (PSS) around caredroids.


Care robot Giraffe makes a special trip to the studios of the television show ZappLive, where Lukie Stalenhoef discovers together with the children in the audience what the robot can do and what the benefits of robotics for healthcare can be.


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.


Over the last couple of months, Mickael Boulay developed a glucose meter in collaboration with Waag. This enables diabetics to measure the condition of their blood via an intuitive light feedback. With this project he won the Renee Smeets-prize for the best student of the Design Academy. Also, the project was published in the Dutch newspaper NRC and could be seen in the TV-show AVRO's Kunstuur.about:blank


One of the most named reasons not to use Facebook is privacy concerns. What happens to my data? Who has access to it? Can it be misused? Such distrust also exists when we come to speak about technology that is used e.g. in care at distance situations (so-called telecare).