The University of Twente (UT) and hospitals Medisch Spectrum Twente (MST) and Ziekenhuisgroep Twente (ZGT) started the Pioneers in Health Care (PIHC) Innovation Fund in 2014 to reach their mutual goal: faster introduction of innovative technology in clinical practice by bottom-up collaboration between the world of new technology and medical practice. In 2017 PIHC was expanded with Deventer Hospital and University of Applied Sciences Saxion as partners. Health insurance comapny Menzis contributed to the fund from 2015 until 2018, thereby aiming to improve efficient and high quality care. Since 2020, Reggeborgh Medical supports the PIHC fund with 1 voucher.
The challenge for the technical researchers and the medical specialists is to speak a ‘mutual language’. This will lead to a better understanding of each other’s work, resulting in more collaboration and more relevant health care innovations. Technical solutions to overcome limitations in the current health care, or new medical applications of existing technology, that is what Pioneers in Health Care is all about.