Health-Lab, a program in the metropolitan region Amsterdam, has the ambition to create and stimulate solutions for the care of tomorrow. This program focuses on increasing the efficiency in care as well as on allowing people to be independent longer. This should be done with the help of technology but not limited to technology. In Health-lab people from care institutions, research and companies work together with the end-users to co-create solutions.
Because care is as personal as you can get, involvement of the real users is fundamental. Health-lab has set up several ‘Living Labs’ locations where real users test applications in their daily life and help designers and developers to improve theirproducts. In this case the users are the elderly but also the professionals and informal care givers.
Health-Lab is a collaboration between the care institutions in the Amsterdam metropolitan region, the local universities, the government en several companies. The program is set up around three pillars:
- a platform where all people meet, discuss and share development and implementation of new solutions in care;
- several living lab locations were new solutions can be tested and improved, together with users;
- the creation of new curricula’s focused on the implementation of these new solutions in educational settings
Health-Lab is an initiative of: Amsterdamse Innovatie Motor (AIM), The university of Amsterdam (UvA), Free University (VU), University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam (HVA), INHolland, Sigra, AMSTA, Waag Society and the municipalities of Amsterdam and Almere. The province of Noord-Holland and the Ministry of Economic Affairs support health-lab.