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.


Thames & Hudson has published the book Futurekind, with a chapter about our project MakeHealth.


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


The rise of healthcare costs is an urgent national challenge. Possibilities to limit expenses are being explored by policy makers.


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.



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.


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.


I went to 'Weekandoit' (that was held from 18 to 26 July 2016, at the Mole Vanvitelliana in Ancona, Italy), where Fablabs from Pesaro, Tolentino and Ancona exhanged views with other members of the creative maker movement. We went there to see if our Creative Care Lab can make a connection in the field of healthy ageing and we gave a workshop called 'Creative Industries and Design as a catalyst for entrepreneurship and innovation', together with Creative Cooperative France, at the CreaHub in Macerata.


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?


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.


PhD student Mike van Diest (SPRINT/UMCG research centre) has developed a game to help seniors improve their balance at home. Improved balance can prevent falls. On 15 February 2016, he graduated on his research called 'Developing an exergaming for unsupervised home-based balance training in older adults'. In his research, Mike used the 'Users as designers' method, developed by Waag.


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.


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


Our health data might be the most valuable data ever; therefore creating trustworthy eHealth services is crucial.



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


In the past weeks I worked on the Low-cost self-adjustable lower leg prosthesis during my internship at Waag. In this period of 13 weeks I focused on the case (that is the top piece of the prothesis, carrying the stump of the patient) and the mechanism that connects the case to the prosthesis. In my research, I combined several natural fibres with polyurethane resin to create a composite material for the casing.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


In the past months our designer Mickael Boulay has worked at the Fablab on the prosthesis project 'Low-cost prosthesis', to build a new prototype.


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.


Together with Joes Janmaat (intern at Waag) and Helma van Rijn I travelled to Enschede, the Roessingh revalidation centre to propose a number of scenarios for e-health systems to a group of users



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.


The Selemca group of CRISP has just received her flagship piece of hardware, the Alice Robokind robot designed by Hanson Robotics.


Our experiences from several projects have resulted in a new Dutch publication on social connectedness: designing for healthy aging.


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


Design And Emotion conference in London: inspiring keynote speakers dealt with the theme of "Out Of Control".


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


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).


Waag works with partners from Denmark, Finland and Sweden in the project Express2Connect at Photobluff!, a 'story telling game' that aims to increase the social connectedness of older adults and their environment. This game is expected to be launched in the Appstore Fall 2012 and can be played on the iPad. The app has been developed in close contact with the users. They were involved in several co-creation sessions, that took place in the four participating countries. A number of living labs have worked together at Photobluff!. The third Living Lab Summer School, that was held in Helsinki from 20-24 August 2012, was a good opportunity to bring the game to the attention of the Living Lab community.


Selemca is a project within the framework of Crisp, short for Creative Industry Scientific Programme. For Selemca we are concerned with the development of a Care droid. The aim of this droid is to support both those in need of care as well as care providers.


How can elderly people stay independent in their own house? To answer this question Waag recentely created a model for the HealthLab project in Amsterdam.


Waag is involved in several ways in (often international) health care projects. Our Creative Care Lab has edited a special publication on the current themes in health care and the projects it carries out.