Persuasive Health Technology

Main Research Projects

projects 

The projects of the Persuasive Health Technology lab are categorized using the following three categories: 

  • Self-Care and Prevention
  • Supportive Care
  • Societal Health

Click on the projecttitles listed below for more information. 

SELF-CARE AND PREVENTION

In this domain, the patient or health consumer will be empowered to perform self-management via technology. It is about increasing knowledge and learning skills via technology to improve health, mental health, or a healthy lifestyle. Examples of such technologies are monitoring and coaching technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, embodied monitoring, pervasive and unobtrusive systems to facilitate holistic monitoring for mental health, life style management, and social support systems to share data and to personalize feedback.

ONGOING PROJECTS 

UNOBTRUSIVE SENSING TECHNOLOGIES TO MONITOR AND COACH ELDERLY WITH DEMENTIA: TRACK, TRACE AND TRIGGER

  

Keywords: Pervasive technology, Smart unobtrusive eCoaching, Dementia

Information 
The project Track, Trace & Trigger addresses how unobtrusive sensor technology and acoustic cues can be used to accurately identify individual persons and track, trace and trigger daily behaviors and communication of people with dementia, while preventing potential obtrusion and privacy breaching. The ultimate goal is to optimize staying at home and to influence health and wellbeing in a positive way for people with mild dementia.
The central idea of our unobtrusive sensing system is to analyze human behavior via a minimum set of sensors to 1) identify individuals; 2) to TRACK and TRACE specific behaviour (walking, gestures) in combination with monitoring of vital signs (voice, breath, heart frequency) to identify verbal (voice, pitch) and nonverbal communications to estimate individual mood. We will explore how the monitoring data can be used for unobtrusive coaching. Therefore, the monitoring system will be connected with a 'smart music box' which prompts acoustic cues (music) to 3) TRIGGER verbal and nonverbal communication and activity. We will explore to what extent unobtrusive sensing systems can meet the user's needs while respecting privacy and ethics issues. 
This project applies a participatory eHealth approach in which we will develop a framework for unobtrusive TeleResearch at Home, using the CEHRES Roadmap.
The project is funded by ZonMw.

Partners
ZonMw programme Create Health, De Posten, Nedap Healthcare. 

Duration 

2018-2021

Contact
Christian Wrede, MSc 
Dr. Annemarie Braakman-Jansen
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

THE PERSONALIZATION APPROACH

Keywords: Personalization, Engagement, eMental Health

Information 
Although many eMental Health (eMH) interventions have been found to be effective in treating e.g. depression and anxiety, large differences remain between individuals. Increasing evidence shows that 'one-size-fits-all' approach is not sufficient and that personalization is needed to overcome the increasing burden of mental health complaints on the society. However, reliable individual characteristics that predict effectiveness of treatments are not yet identified.
Studies investigating for whom a specific treatment works best often use a moderation model, which entails separate analyses for each different treatment. As eMH treatments can be seen as consisting of different combinations of intervention and technological factors (ITFs), searching for moderators of effectiveness for each of these combinations of ITFs separately, becomes an endless task because of the almost unlimited variety within these ITFs.
To overcome this issue and develop a useful personalization approach, in this Veni project I will focus on engagement as a mediator between ITFs and effectiveness, instead of focusing on moderators for specific interventions. Because engagement (emotional involvement or commitment with an intervention) is an independent predictor for effectiveness, individual, sensitive to different treatments, early measurable, and theory based, the personalization approach is independent of the used treatment and technology.

To develop and evaluate this personalization approach, my Veni project covers four phases:
1. Engagement as predictorFocus on explicating and measuring the concept of engagement and its relationship to effectiveness of eMH interventions.
2. Engagement as mediatorBuilding an empirical model to investigate the strength of engagement as mediator; the influence of ITFs on engagement; and the direct effect of ITFs on effectiveness.
3. Pilot testingTesting the feasibility of the personalization approach using engagement as an individual mediator.
4. Field validationInvestigate whether the personalization approach leads to increased effectiveness compared to an intervention with a random combination of ITFs.
This Veni project is funded by NWO. 

Partners
NWO

Duration 
2017-2021

Contact
Dr. Saskia Kelders

QUANTIFIED SELF @WORK

Keywords: Workplace health promotion, eCoaching, Self-monitoring

Information
The project Quantified Self @Work goes into the development of a mHealth application to enhance employees' stress management and resilience. The mHealth application will combine self-tracking via wearables and persuasive eCoaching. Self-tracking data from wearables (e.g., heart rate) and short mobile questionnaires about the context are continuous input for the automated eCoach to personalize suggestions. The CeHRes Roadmap is followed during development of the application, which includes intensively involving end-users and other important stakeholders during development and using business modelling approaches to create a fit between stakeholders' needs and the product.

Partners
Hanze University of Applied Sciences and Menzis.

Duration
2015-2019

Contact
Aniek Lentferink, MSc
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

TOWARDS A DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINE FOR EHEALTH INTERVENTIONS THAT SUPPORT SELF-MANAGEMENT BEHAVIORS OF CHRONIC DISEASES IN THE MEXICAN POPULATION

Keywords: Chronic diseases, Self-management, Mexico

Information
Supporting lifestyle behaviors is a cornerstone of prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, and eHealth has a lot of potential advantages to deliver this type of intervention in needed populations. Funded by the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT, in Spanish), this research project aims to integrate, optimize and apply principles of the latest guidelines, frameworks, and models in eHealth development and implementation. The goal is to contribute to the case of supporting self-management behaviors of chronic diseases in the Mexican population.

Partners
CONACYT

Duration
2017-2021

Contact
Roberto Cruz, MSc
Dr. Floor Sieverink
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

PERSONALISED VIRTUAL COACH 'DENK JE ZÈLF!' FOR EMOTIONAL EATERS

Key words: Emotional eaters, Virtual Coach, Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Information
This project goes into the development of a personalized virtual coach for obese emotional eaters. This coach is based on mindfulness, emotion regulation and stress tolerance (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and provides coaching based on dialectical strategies.

Partners
Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Contact
Aranka Dol, MSc
Dr. Christina Bode
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

VIRTUAL COACHING & AFFECTIVE COMPUTING

Keywords: Adherence, Embodied Conversational Agent, Online intervention, Coaching

Information
This projects focusses on the capabilities of Embodied Conversational Agents (abbreviated as ECA's also called Virtual Coaches) to take on an effective role as a coach for users of e-health interventions. Embodied Conversational Agents are human-like, animated visual representations of coaches that are presented on screen.
We compare the motivational effects of ECA's with that of other means to motivate users, such as textual information. 
The Affective Computing element as mentioned within the project title is about measuring the user's emotional-physiological state. Using this kind of information we can determine whether the user can benefit from a motivational intervention as provided by the ECA.
The ultimate goal of this project is to get insight in how to enhance user adherence to e-health interventions by means of deploying a unresponsive (i.e. unaware of the user's emotion) or responsive  (i.e. aware of the user's emotion and using this information to motivate the user) ECA.

Contact
Mark Scholten, MSc
Dr. Saskia Kelders
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

LASTING HEALTH BEHAVIOR CHANGE - USING EHEALTH DESIGN TO FACILITATE WEIGHT MAINTENANCE FOLLOWING INITIAL WEIGHT LOSS (ECHANGE)

Keywords: eHealth, Weight maintenance, Self-management

Information

The goal of the proposed study is to develop an eHealth application that closes the gap between knowing how to lose weight and actually maintaining the new weight. By developing, pilot-testing and evaluating an interactive eHealth program, the project will deliver a feasible and useful eHealth self-management intervention called eChange, promoting sustainable lifestyle changes for people struggling with obesity. The eChange project is a multi-center study with three Norwegian hospitals, led by Dr. Lise Solberg Nes at the Center for Shared Decision Making and Collaborative Care Research at Oslo University Hospital in Norway, in collaboration with University of Twente and other Norwegian and international partners.   

Partners
Oslo University Hospital, Vestfold Hospital Trust, Sorlandet Hospital Trust, Mayo Clinic, Karolinska Institutet, National association of obesity and other local and regional partners in Norway.

Duration
2017-2021

Contact
Rikke Aune Asbjørnsen, MSc
Dr. Jobke Wentzel
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

POWER4FITFOOT; DATA DRIVEN PERSONALIZED SELF-MANAGEMENT OF PATIENTS WITH HEART FAILURE & DIABETIC FOOT: AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO PREDICT AND MANAGE HIGH RISK FACTORS

Keywords: Sensor Data Analytics, Diabetic Foot, Self-Management

Information

Power4FitFoot aims to support cardiovascular patients with diabetic foot. Power4FitFoot follows a multidisciplinary development approach: researchers (medicine, computer and behavioral sciences) work together with patients, caregivers and industrial companies to develop personalized self-management products and services to prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFU) or amputations. Real-time sensor data analytics and big data are the key ingredients in our approach. The result will be an early warning system (EWS) on risk detection of deterioration, with feedback and coaching.
The project will start with the identification of the major risk factors using existing retrospective data sets. A smart monitoring system based on a smart sensor sock and shoe will enable personalized feedback via sensor data analytics. This will be enriched with external data sets from various sources (medical, lifestyle, geo-spatial) to further develop the prognostic models. This will then enable real-time coaching for the patients. Prognostic models will facilitate a dynamic and context aware heuristics for a self-management support system. 

Partners
NWO Data2Person, Commit2Data; University of Maastricht, ZGT, Thales, Reggeborgh, Diabetes Association

Duration
2019-2022

Contact
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING ON ADHERENCE TO ORTHOPEDIC SHOES

Keywords: Orthopedic Shoes, Motivational Interviewing, Adherence

Information

This project is aligned with the Power4FitFoot project, supporting a multidisciplinary based approach of diabetic foot equipment and care: a novel fitting procedure for orthopaedic shoes, focussing on the health and economic effects of the equipment for diabetic foot care and behavioural aspects to personalize and tailor the orthopaedic equipment to patients. To examine the added value of the novel full care process we apply health economic methods to assess the effects on quality of life (risk complications, patient satisfaction) and economic outcomes (costs of equipment, costs of care process) and the effects on adherence to the equipment, using sensor technology built in shoes and a sensor bracelet to monitor adherence. The findings of the study will be implemented in the 200 locations for diabetic foot healthcare.

Partners
ZonMw, ZGT, HTSR, Voetencentrum

Duration
2018-2021

Contact
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

External projects 

THE URINCONTROL APP: A MOBILE APPLICATION-BASED TREATMENT FOR URINARY INCONTINENCE IN WOMEN

 

Keywords: urinary incontinence, self-management, eHealth, mixed methods, implementation

Information
eHealth is an emerging clinical resource with potential advantages for the treatment of urinary incontinence. In particular, the use of apps may increase adherence to treatment and thereby reduce costs. The URinControl project aims to assess whether a purpose-developed app is non-inferior regarding effectiveness and cost-effective when used to treat women with urinary incontinence, as compared to care as usual in Dutch primary care. Additionally, expectations and experiences of important stakeholders (e.g. patients and care providers) regarding app usage will be explored. Moreover, app usage is monitored by two types of data; data filled in by the participant and automatically logged user data.
Combination of these results will provide insights into the contextual factors that influence the effectiveness of a mobile app in the treatment of UI and will provide useful information for the development, evaluation and implementation of future eHealth applications.
ZonMw and the P.W. Boer foundation funded the project.

Link to website

Partners
ZonMw, the P.W. Boer foundation, Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Duration
2015-2021

Contact
Anne Loohuis
Nienke Wessels 
Marco Blanker 
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

finished projects 

BIG DATA TO PERSONALIZE HEALTHCARE

Information

Big data will be analyzed to understand how data can be used for machine generated feedback systems. To better understand how big data impacts society, safety, healthcare and business, and what the critical factors are for using big data to personalize healthcare we investigate A) how to use data from large and complex datasets in an effective, efficient, secure and safe way, B) how the use of big data to personalize healthcare impacts attitudes and behaviors, and C) how to analyze and interpret in a sensible way in order to design real-time, accurate, persuasive and personalized feedback systems?

Contact 
Dr. Floor Sieverink
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen


Supportive care

This domain is characterized by more involvement of care professionals and, ideally, care professionals and patients work together to manage or improve the health of the patient or client. In this area, the care process is often more complex than in self-care and prevention: caregivers are involved for a longer period of time, or multiple caregivers are involved. The care of patients with a chronic disease like diabetes is an example for this area. Technology can support this, for example through a personal health record where patients can share their health data with different care providers, or can e.g. self-monitor blood sugar levels to improve self-management.

Ongoing projects

THE FORETECH PROJECT

Keywords: eHealth, forensic psychiatry, monitoring & coaching

Information
We are studying the development and use of these monitoring and coaching technologies within forensic psychiatry by means of several projects. Amongst other things, we are studying the participatory development of virtual reality (VR) as a coaching intervention. The goal of this project is not only the creation of a potentially effective VR application, but also the analysis and evaluation of the iterative, participatory development process, in which the perspectives of stakeholders, the forensic psychiatric context and the possibilities of the technology are continuously involved. Besides that, the project also focuses on biopsychosocial factors that play a part in reactive aggression in intimate relationships. Knowledge gained from literature and interviews with stakeholders will be used to determine the way in which these factors will be continuously monitored. Since multiple factors are important, and using multiple factors also will provide a more complete picture, several measuring methods will be used. The data that will be collected by the researchers will be used to develop a persuasive, user-centered coaching technology that will provide patients with real-time feedback on the factors that predict reactive aggression.
The project is funded by Stichting Vrienden van Oldenkotte. 

Partners
Transfore and Erasmus MC.

Duration
2016-2021

Contact
Hanneke Kip, Msc
Dr. Saskia Kelders
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

BENEFIT

Information
Cardiologists, neurologists, general practitioners, academics, entrepreneurs, and patients have joined forces. Our mission is to make healthy living fun. Rather than telling people how to behave, we make healthy lifestyle choices appealing: the carrot is mightier than the stick. We envisage a national ecosystem that combines evidence-based lifestyle interventions focused on the individual, with an innovative environmental system that incorporates rewarding everyday lifestyle and adherence behaviors. The ecosystem integrates care and non-care settings, connects public and private lifestyle partners, is financially sustainable, and is fueled by continuous scientific evaluation. We all BENEFIT!
If and how a patient portal can motivate and stimulate people to manage and maintain their lifestyle changes is subject of the research carried out by the UT in this project. We investigate how persuasive the accompanying portal is, how this translates in actual use, and with what effects. A holistic view (including stakeholder perspectives) is applied, to ensure a sustainable implementation of the platform and the benefit concept.

Partners
Leiden University and Vital10

Duration
2017-2020

Contact
Dr. Jobke Wentzel
Dr. Floor Sieverink
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

External projects 

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A WEB-BASED PROGRAM FOR ADVANCE CARE PLANNING

Keywords: Advance Care Planning, chronic disease, web-based program

Information
The number of patients with a chronic disease is increasing. Although it is important for this population to speak about goals and preferences for future medical treatment and care, it can be difficult for patients, relatives as well as for caregivers to start these conversations. Advance Care Planning (ACP) stimulates people to define goals and preferences for future medical treatment and care, to discuss these goals and preferences with family and health-care providers, and to record and review these preferences if appropriate. In order to disseminate ACP in the Netherlands, this study develops, evaluates and implements a web-based program for Advance Care Planning for people with a chronic disease and their relatives. In preparation on the development of the website, patients with chronic diseases, their relatives and caregivers are interviewed and a scoping review is conducted to assess the (informational) needs of the target groups. Although the program still needs to be developed, it is expected that it will provide information on ACP, support the users in the first steps of ACP, and record the users' preferences. When the program has been developed, different aspects of ACP and the program will be evaluated, as ACP engagement and the usability. The website will be embedded in Thuisarts.nl. The project is funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development. 

Partners
Nederlandse Patiënten Vereniging (NPV), Nederlands Huisartsen Genootschap (NHG), Nierpatiënten Vereniging Nederland (NVN), NIVEL, Universiteit Twente, Stichting VitaValley, Vital Innovators, Stichting Agora and the Patiëntenvereniging Nederland.

Duration
2017-2020

Contact:
Doris van der Smissen
Ida Korfage  
Judith Rietjens  
Agnes van der Heide  
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

CAREGIVER BALANCE: AN EHEALTH APPLICATION TO SUPPORT DECISION-MAKING

 

Keywords: Informal caregiving, palliative care, co-design 

Information
The Caregiver balance project aims to develop and test an e-health tool for informal caregivers who care for a patient in the last phase of life. In close co-operation with the end-users, we will design a tool that will support caregivers in making balanced choices to combine caregiving with their own activities, and that will help them become aware of their goals and how to ask for help. This project is funded by ZonMw, in the Palliantie program, aimed at improving palliative care in the Netherlands.   

Link to ZonMw program details 

Partners
ZonMw, Palliatief Netwerk Ligare, Mezzo, Vilans and Zorgbelang.

Duration
2017-2021

Contact
Mariët Hagedoorn
Marrit Tuinman
Anne Looijmans
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

EHEALTH IN HOME CARE

Keywords: eHealth, Home based care 

Information
The demand for home care is growing both in number of people and in complexity of care. The increasing demand is the consequence of an ageing society as well as of the policy to encourage older people to stay at home, despite their need of care. Home care organisations have difficulties to cope with this increasing demand. Nurses are therefore inclined to focus on the enhancement of self-management of clients which can be supported by the use of eHealth. Unfortunately, eHealth in home care is not common practice yet and it is not known what inhibits or encourages nurses to make use of eHealth.
In the project 'eHealth in home care', we search for ways to support home care nurses with assessing of eHealth interventions during the assessment of care. The project will deliver:

  • A tool for the home care nurses with information on eHealth applications fitting the way they assess care.
  • Knowledge on the assessment of eHealth interventions during assessment of care, translated into a training method or tool
  • Embedding these project results in nursing education and refresher courses

The consortium consists of home care organizations, national organizations for nurses and home care organizations, expertise center for long-term care, a client federation and the skills and training center of the region. This project received a grant from Regieorgaan SIA (NWO).

Partners
SIA (NWO), CarePool Thuiszorg, De ZorgZaak, Woonzorgcentrum IJsselheem, Regiocampus, Zorgtrainingscentrum Regio Zwolle, Actiz, V&VN, Vilans, Patiëntenfederatie Nederland, Thuisleefgids and VitaValley/VitaalThuis. 

Duration
2016 - 2018

Contact
Sander Holterman 
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

Finished projects

TWENTE TEACH

Information
Structural telephonic support and telemonitoring can reduce the odds of death and hospitalization due to CHF. Many different forms of eHealth have been researched, suggesting telemonitoring to be effective in reducing mortality and rehospitalization with monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate, weight and ECG. However, these studies focus mainly on monitoring of symptoms and supporting patients using various telecommunication possibilities. Our goal is to support self-management of the CHF patient with the use of telemonitoring and personalized coaching. Therefore a platform is needed that supports the patient in self-management of CHF. For this goal the iMediSense telemonitoring & coaching technology, from now on: iMediSense, is developed by Thales in cooperation with the Twente TEACH consortium. The aim of this pilot study is to determine the use, usability and usefulness for practice of iMediSense and to provide recommendations to improve the technology.

Partners
ZGT, Vodafone, Menzis and Thales

Duration
2016-2017

Contact
Dr. Floor Sieverink    
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

E-VITA

Information
Several projects were used to collect, analyze and visualize logdata from real-time usage of Personal Health records (PHRs) and its users to identify usage patterns and to determine user profiles. The profiles will be used to personalize feedback to needs and usage contexts of patients and professionals and to improve (the persuasiveness of) such applications. Furthermore, input will be used to identify how PHRs can be of added value for both patients and professionals in the current healthcare processes.

Link to thesis

Partners
Stichting Zorg Binnen Bereik

Duration
2013-2017

Contact
Dr. Floor Sieverink
Dr. Saskia Kelders
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

Societal health

In this domain, individuals like patients and care professionals are involved, but the lead is at a higher, societal level. An example is decreasing the spread of resistant viruses by managing the use of antibiotics. This is a societal health issue, where, for example, the government plays an important role in creating the policies on how to deal with this issue. Technology can assist in translating these policies into action. An example of this is increasing awareness of the issue by creating a simulation game for the general public to learn the effects of the different actions that can be taken during the outbreak of a disease. Technology can also play a role in supporting policies or following guidelines in a care environment, e.g. by supporting healthcare professionals in making the right decision in antibiotics use in a hospital.

Ongoing projects  

EZOON (EPUBLIC HEALTH: AN INTERACTIVE PLATFORM FOR TAILORED RISK COMMUNICATION TO PREVENT NON-ALIMENTARY ZOONOTIC DISEASES)

Keywords: One-Health, game-based learning, smart Q&A system

Information 
This projects focusses on the development of an interactive “eZoon” platform to support effective risk- and crisis-communication about zoonoses between healthcare professionals in the humane-, veterinary-, and public-healthcare. On the one hand, this platform offers an eLearning game to create awareness about and improve professionals’ competences that are needed to prevent and contain an outbreak. On the other hand, the platform offers a question-and-answer system to offer both professionals and general public tailored information and to support self-management.

Partners
ZonMw and TXchange.

Duration
2014-2018

Contact
Dr. Nienke Beerlage-de Jong
Dr. Nadine Köhle
Dr. Annemarie Braakman-Jansen
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert - Pijnen

EURHEALTH-1HEALTH - EUREGIONAL PREVENTION AGAINST ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE AND INFECTIONS

The INTERREG program "Eurhealth-1Health - Euregional Prevention Against Antibiotic Resistance and Infections" aims at one of the biggest challenges in health care: combating life-threatening infections caused by highly resistant microorganisms (HRMO). In a Euregional context, a OneHealth approach is used to prevent antibiotic resistance, improve infection prevention and stimulate intersectoral collaboration. At the Persuasive Health Technology lab, two subprojects are being executed "Supporting healthcare workers to limit antibiotic resistance in hospitals" and "An early warning system for nosocomial infection". Click on the titles below for more information about the subprojects. 

Link to website

EURHEALTH-1HEALTH: SUPPORTING HEALTHCARE WORKERS TO LIMIT ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IN HOSPITALS

Keywords: Antibiotic resistance, Infections, Healthcare workers

Information
As part of the EurHealth-1Health project we will develop an eHealth technology to support healthcare workers in hospitals to limit antibiotic resistance. Because limiting antibiotic resistance is a multifaceted and complex problem, the start of this study is to explore the current organizational and cultural processes. These are essential for the development of  meaning- and useful eHealth. Furthermore, stakeholders are involved throughout the whole development process, so that the eventual eHealth technology fits the users and context.

Partners
INTERREG VA, ZGT, LabMicTA, UKM (Universitätsklinikum Münster) and UMCG. 

Duration
2016-2020

Contact
Julia Keizer, MSc
Dr. Annemarie Braakman-Jansen
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

EURHEALTH-1HEALTH: AN EARLY WARNING SYSTEM FOR NOSOCOMIAL INFECTION

Keywords: Early warning system, Hospital associated infection, Georisk factors

Information
This research will produce an early warning system (EWS) for nosocomial infection in healthcare settings. The EWS will make use of a prognostic prediction model based data features engineered using clinical-, haematological- and geospatial data. Risk factors and georisk factors will be identified from the data and compared with those in literature. The results will also be compared across various hospitals and external validation will be performed. The benefits of including georisk factors in the EWS will be assessed and the final model will be incorporated in an EWS to be used by healthcare workers.

Partners
INTERREG VA, Erasmus MC, UMCG and ZGT. 

Contact 
Magnus van Niekerk, MSc
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert - Pijnen

SERIOUS GAMING TO INCREASE KNOWLEDGE OF HAND HYGIENE AND PROMOTE BEHAVIOR CHANGE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN

Keywords: Serious games, Hand hygiene, Children

Information 
This study aims to develop a prototype of a serious game to be a novel educational material that teaches and promotes hand hygiene behaviors to children. The overarching project Children's Hand Hygiene at Elementary Schools is a collaboration between the University of Twente and the Institute of Medical Microbiology from the University Hospital Münster (UKM) under the scope of the EurHealth-1Health (INTERREG VA) project.

Partners 
INTERREG VA, Institute of Medical Microbiology and University Hospital Münster (UKM)

Duration
2017-2018

Contact
Roberto Cruz, MSc
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

HEALTH-I-CARE

Keywords: Virtual Reality, Sensor-based technology, Game-based learning, Surgical site infections, Zoonotic infection outbreaks

Information
The Health-i-Care project, part of the INTERREG-V-A-program, exists of 30 consortia working on the development of innovative products and technologies to protect the general population against infections and antimicrobial resistance. The persuasive health technology lab is partner in three of these consortia:

  • Developing concepts for virtual reality technology to train surgical staff in following the guidelines to prevent surgical site infections; 
  • Developing concepts for sensor-based technology to provide real-time feedback in order to support surgical staff in following the guidelines to prevent surgical site infections;
  • Developing a game-based-learning environment for skills training and education of healthcare professionals in the fields of veterinary-, public-, and human-healthcare, to support inter-disciplinary cooperation and communication during zoonotic infection outbreaks.

In these projects, the CeHRes Roadmap will be used for the development and evaluation of the new concepts. Stakeholders will be involved to gain insight into the context of the problem and their needs and values, and prototypes of new concepts will be evaluated.

Link to website 

Partners
Coolminds, ELabbs, Universität Bielefeld and 8D Games

Duration
2016-2020

Contact
Christian Wrede, MSc
Dr. Floor Sieverink
Dr. Nienke Beerlage-de Jong
Prof. Dr. J (Lisette) van Gemert-Pijnen

finished projects