At the UT, we do excellent research on health tech innovation. Still, it remains difficult to bring those innovations to society and the healthcare market and create the impact we want to achieve: improving healthcare. To enlarge the impact of health technology on society, an integral approach is needed to take into account more than solely a mere technical focus on the creation of (smart) products and services. For instance, a social-economic, ethical, governance, behavioural and cultural perspective that influence adoption and acceptance of novel technologies. Early involvement of stakeholders and end-users prevent ‘mismatches’ in research, ensure commitment and understanding, but also attract fertile investors.
It is our mission to improve the performance, uptake and impact of health technologies developed at the UT that will contribute to making our healthcare future-proof.
We focus on improving the impact of sustainable health technology. In this field, 70% of start-ups disappear within two years and 55-95% of SME's do not pass the certification procedures at once. There is a need for a problem-driven and stakeholder-centred approach to implementing health technologies that can transform healthcare, increase its accessibility and affordability and create an impact on society.
This requires an integral approach - from idea to market - using powerful methodologies in each stage of the development process. We will use comprehensive assessments, identify real-life healthcare problems and use strategies to involve stakeholders. Combined with (integral) reviews, we will measure and provide evidence of the impact of technologies that have value for society and practice.
- Improve adoption, implementation and impact of TechMed health technology innovations by strengthening and enlarging cooperation between different internal and external stakeholders.
- Creating awareness and enlarging knowledge on the effective development and implementation strategies by providing tools and methods, making sure our healthtech innovations will be validated, (cost-)effective, and finally adopted;
- Advocating and stimulating problem-driven R&D of healthtech by bringing in society (end-users, professionals, (non)governmental organizations) and stimulate cooperation between researchers and relevant stakeholders.
- Strengthen the position of TechMed Centre & University of Twente on innovation and implementation by facilitating innovation acceleration services to our researchers, SME and society. Being seen as ‘the change-making partner’ at the regional, national and international level.
- Provide essential knowledge and tools to empower our innovation funnel (together with UT stakeholders) for students and researchers for the valorization of their inventions.