It is the year 2020: Loes is a
nurse practitioner in a large General practitioner’s office. She starts
working on Monday morning, logs in on her computer and when she checks the
agenda, sees that quite some people have already made an appointment. Online.
Then she checks for patients that need urgent care. In the practice they
guide quite some chronically ill patients. On the web portal of her practice,
she sees that Mister H, who has a chronic lung condition, suffers more from
his COPD. That’s too bad, it went so well lately. But thank goodness they
catch the negative trend quickly. The system has already planned in a video
appointment between Mister H. and the doctor for this afternoon.
In the eLabEL project, so-called
‘Living Labs’ are used to implement eHealth technology within primary care on
a long-lasting manner.
eHealth as an integral part of
Is the situation we sketched above
the future? Research points out that we are quite far with the development of
eHealth applications. However, some way we can’t seem to make eHealth an
integral part of primary care. There are several causes here. Despite the
high expectations, there is little known about the effects of using this
technology on the quality of patients’ lives, and on the quality of care.
Furthermore, both caregivers and patients are unfamiliar with the
possibilities eHealth provides. In the eLabEL project, ten large primary care
offices will start working with already existing eHealth applications. These
offices act as ‘Living Lab’ in which eHealth applications can be developed by
means of co-creation with caregivers, patients and companies that create eHealth.
The researchers in the eLabEL project will evaluate the way in which the
technology has been implemented and is used by patients.
The eLabEL project seeks to find answers to the following
What are the consequences of
implementation of eHealth technology for the patient, the care provider and
the organization, within a primary care context?
How can different eHealth
technologies be integrated so as to create a coherent, one-stop-shop for
both the care provider, as well as the patient.
What are effective implementation
strategies for eHealth applications within primary care?
eLabEL is a project from the Centre for Care Technology Research
(CCTR). This centre is a collaboration of the University of Twente,
Maastricht University, TNO and NIVEL. It is recognized as one of the eight
Dutch Centres of Research Excellence by the Dutch foundation for Scientific
Research. eLabEL is subsidized by ZonMw, by means of the IMDI-program
(Innovative Medical Devices Initiative).