Healthcare, especially the care for people with chronic conditions, has to change dramatically in the near future as the increasing demands in quality and quantity of care cannot be met with the present manpower and finances. The creation of sustainable healthcare for our citizens that at the same time supports a healthy independent aging, requires substantial innovations. There is a strong belief that technology will enable the necessary innovations, but only when this technology is co-created with the users: the targeted population, the health care professionals and the informal caregivers. This belief is clearly reflected in the European programs such as the present seventh framework program, but even much stronger in the upcoming Horizon2020 program, where ambitions such as active healthy aging are quantified in terms of two more healthy life years. Also in other European programs, like the Ambient Assisted Living program (AAL) and national programs, changes in healthcare towards a sustainable health and wellness care are clearly formulated.
The Centre for Monitoring and Coaching is a multidisciplinary CTIT/UT research centre, which aims to develop smart, innovative technological solutions for applied questions on health and well-being.