The Implementation of Health Care Technology research group works at the interface of the various disciplines surrounding healthcare technology – the care, the technology and the 'business'. The research group is committed to getting the right healthcare technology applied, so that the economic and social impacts are the greatest. The research group also provides insight into this effect.
About the research group
The Implementation of Health Care Technology research group develops tools and models for students and (teacher) researchers of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, (international and national) institutions, hospitals and companies. These tools can increase the chances of implementing health care technology, or point out more quickly that a product is not suitable for implementation.
Within the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, connections are made with other research groups and researchers. For example, with Research Centre Business Innovation for financial/economic/business aspects, and with the professors of Research Centre Innovations in Care for questions relating to practice (in the healthcare sector).
This broad line will also be used in the connection with education, where possible in interdisciplinary projects.
The Implementation of Health Care Technology research group has three areas of attention:
- How do we choose the technology that successfully leads to solving the practice question? This may involve existing technology or technology that needs to be developed or adapted. A practice question can originate from, for example, a hospital, institution or from a home care situation. The lectorate will mainly focus on implementation issues and (business) processes to arrive at a technological solution.
- How do we ensure that a chosen technology achieves the intended results for practice? Here it is important to choose the right route of implementation. For example, we must also take into account the current legislation and regulations, as well as practical practices. Here, there are a number of focus areas such as: Change Management, MDR/IVDR, Health Technology Assessment and Alliance Management.
- How do we measure the impact of deploying a technology? We look at this from both an economic and social standpoint, as well as from the various parties involved in the implementation of a healthcare technology.
Education, research and practice
The Implementation of Health Care Technology research group contributes to education, research and practice. These three areas are strongly intertwined within the research group. Thus, smaller practical questions can be used within the education, with direct benefit for the practice. For larger practical questions, research paths are set up in which researchers, teachers and students work together with practice to find solutions.
The research group has a number of important roles herein:
- Connecting knowledge from different (research) disciplines in health care, technology and business.
- Deepening knowledge about the implementation of health care technology.
- Sharing this knowledge with education and practice partners.
- Collaborating with public and private organizations and other stakeholders in the field of care technology. This strengthens making the right choices throughout the process.