The healthcare sector worldwide faces many challenges. Among the answers emerging in our time is the trend towards personalization as a means of offering patients more effective treatment. Health is intrinsically a personal issue and conscious consumers today are seeking more personalized experiences with greater control over their own lifestyles and wellbeing. At the same time, governments and insurers are faced with mounting pressure on budgets due to population ageing and rising life expectancy.
A new discipline, three key domains
The University of Twente is a frontrunner in conducting research, providing education and valorizing enabling technologies in personalized healthcare, with many game-changing advances to our name. One example is our Technical Medicine Bachelor’s and Master’s programme: the first in the world in which professionals are trained to treat individual patients by fusing medical expertise with engineering skills. With its launching, we introduced a completely new, high-value discipline that is now playing a vital role in taking healthcare forward.
On a broader level, we are updating healthcare and creating more customized treatments with technologies in three key domains:
- Early detection of diseases
- Targeted treatment of diseases
- Improved independency