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Summer school: Evaluating Future Health Technologies

Admission & participation info

Health technologies are intended to improve the quality of healthcare delivered through earlier diagnosis, less invasive treatment options, reduction in hospital stays, and decreasing rehabilitation duration. New medical technologies keep emerging, while healthcare costs continue to rise. Even if a new health technology may seem to be promising, only a limited number of them will, in the end, be used in clinical practice. To make informed decisions on the development of new technologies in healthcare, early health technology assessments are performed to evaluate the potential cost-effectiveness of such new devices or drugs. In this course, we will evaluate several newly developed technologies within departments at the University of Twente.   

You will learn several techniques that can be used in early health technology assessments. These techniques include Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), Decision Modelling (using Markov models and Decision Trees) and Budget Impact Analysis. During the summer school, you will work on a value dossier and develop your own health economic model for a potential new application of a technology of your choice. At the end of the week, you will be able to present whether you think it is feasible to use these technologies for the new potential application. These are problems that need to be dealt with in healthcare. So come to CuriousU and learn how to Evaluate Future Health Technologies!    

Testimonial: Heather from Canada

Course topics

  • Health sciences and health systems

    A good health system delivers quality services to all people, at the time and the place they need them. Health Sciences investigate how financing systems, organizational structures, administrative processes, and social factors affect access to healthcare, the quality and cost of healthcare, and ultimately our health and well-being. Its foundation can be found in management principles and in the social sciences. Health Sciences are essential to improve health and patient-centered care. During this course, you will get an overview of health sciences and health systems.

  • Health Technology assessment methodology

    There are several methods that can be applied to evaluate the potential effects and impact of a health technology. You will learn about and apply several of these methods during this course, including:

    1) Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), a decision-making tool developed for complex problems with multiple criteria.

    2) Decision tree, a graph that uses a branching method to illustrate every possible outcome of a decision.

    3) Cost effectiveness analysis, an analysis that compares the relative costs and effectiveness (outcomes) of different technologies.

  • Health economic modelling

    Health economic models are important tools used to inform healthcare decisions. These models are commonly used to compare new technologies to the current standard of care, often in terms of incremental costs and effects. This model-based approach can be especially useful when information is limited or when clinical trials are unfeasible. Another benefit of using a model-based approach is the ability to reflect the uncertainty in the available evidence. During this course, you will build your own health economic model and interpret the results to inform a healthcare decision.

Course aims

Course schedule

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Evaluating Future Health Technologies

Day
Lunch: Cherishing Moments
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. Here is the chance to lock all the memories you made the last days into pictures! During that lunch break you also have the chance to break some pinatas!

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Thu. 18-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast. 

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 17-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our inspirational speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Group work
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

This session will be used to work on the assignment in groups. The course leasers will be present for assistance.

Breakfast & Inspiration
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 19-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tue. 16-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Lunch: Artist for a day
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the chance to get to know the programmes of our university and speak with representatives from our admissions office in case you are interested in continuing your studies here! During this lunch activity, you can also get to know the different student teams of our university.

Group assignment
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

This session will be used to work on the assignment in groups. The course leasers will be present for assistance.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 21-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast. 

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 15-08
Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Constructing a good research question Excel for health economic modelling
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 15-08

During this session we will get to know each other by playing the PICO game together on how to construct a research question, followed by an introduction to the TechMed centre.

Game Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

During this evening activity you can join our lean simulation game, dungeons and dragons and many more!

Technologies and their labs (1)
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

You will be introduced to the third and final technology and will have time start preparing for your group assignment

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

We serve you a fantastic dinner!

Making posters
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 22-08

This time will be available to finalize the group posters

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Escape Rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tue. 23-08

Have a breakfast first.

Practical 2) MCDA
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

You will be introduced to the theory and use of questionnaires and surveys in patient preference research, followed by a practical example of MCDA.

Lunch: Playland
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.This is one of the most popular lunch activities where together with your fellow participants you can enjoy some outdoor games in the main festival area! Join us!

Presentation and prizes
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

Every group will present their poster with the technology they evaluated and the cost-effectiveness models they have developed. The best group will win a prize!

Method C) Multi criteria decision making (MCDA)
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Thu. 18-08

You will be introduced to the theory of Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA)

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Lunch: ExploreU
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself by doing some career and personality tests ! Do not miss the chance to try the VR Parachuting experience!

Summer sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment at Grolsch Summer Sounds.

Beach volleyball tournament & DJ
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

Enjoy a unique volleyball tournament together with your fellow CuriousU participants! Are you gonna be the winning team? Let's find out!

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Lunch: Taste the Netherlands
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 15-08
Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Method & practical B) Decision trees
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 17-08

You will be introduced to the theory of decision trees followed by a practical example, and work with a decision tree yourself.

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CuriousU Participants Departure
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tue. 23-08

The last day: please check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm (online refund).

Music night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent! Next to that, a dj to play music and karaoke activity are planned for you!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 14-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 14-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Technology (1)
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tue. 16-08

You will be introduced to the first novel health technology. Additionally, we will dive into the important aspects of searching for information.

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Technology (2) & Method A) Cost-effectiveness analysis
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

You will be introduced to the second novel technology and will be taught the basics of cost-effectiveness analyses.

Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You can do one of the following lab tours: Behavioral Management and Sciences LabWearable Robotics Lab, combined tour in AeroAcoustic WindTunnel & Rapid Prototyping LabNanoLab or the Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine. Enjoy our dance workshop too!

Dinner & Barbecue
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

We will serve an amazing BBQ dinner tonight!

Lunch: Dutch Olympic Games
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a sand castle competition and a graffiti workshop!

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 22-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast.

Introduction
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 15-08

The first session will be all about introductions. You will be introduced to the course, course leaders, program, and Health technology and services research.

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Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 15-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspirational speech!

Budget impact analysis + Group assignment
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 21-08

You will be taught about the budget impact of new health technologies on a national level and shown how to perform a budget impact analysis.

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Free day
Time:08:15 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 20-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

Stand Up Comedy
Time:20:00 - 22:30
Day:Mon. 15-08
CuriousU Closing Ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2022 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Developing a healthcare intervention
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 19-08

Lectures will be given describing the development of e-health interventions and how different stakeholders are involved in the process.

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Course overview

Date: 14-23 August 2022 (on campus)
Course level: The course is for Bachelor and Master students wanting to learn more about health technology assessment.
Methods: Lectures, interactive workshop, tours and demonstration
Credits: 2 ECTS credits for successfully completing the summer school

Course leaders 

F.A. van Delft MSc (Freek)
PhD Candidate

Freek is a Phd Candidate in Health Economics at the Department of Health Technology and Services Research. He has a background in biometrics and Health Sciences. He also worked as a medical technician and development engineer before starting his PhD at the University of Twente. Currently, Freek focuses on the evaluation of liquid biopsies and the interpretation of liquid biopsy results to improve current lung cancer treatment.

ir. C.M. Behr (Carina)
PhD Candidate

Carina is a PhD Candidate in Health Economics at the Department of Health Technology and Services Research. She has obtained her Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and her Master’s in the same field at the University of Twente. Currently, Carina focusses on the early health technology assessment of screening for lung cancer, cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

M.M. Voets MSc (Madelon)
PhD Candidate

Madelon is a PhD Candidate in Health Economics at the Department of Health Technology and Services Research. She has a background in Technical Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Twente. Currently, Madelon focuses on the evaluation and implementation of artificial intelligence technologies in medical imaging and the assessment of its value to cancer care organisations and patients.

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