The discovery of the molecular mechanisms behind diseases provides the knowledge necessary to improve prevention, early diagnosis as well as the treatment of all diseases. Engineering sciences not only play an important role in developing the instruments to enable scientific progress, but also in designing and engineering the tools that allow these insights to change the future of healthcare.
New technologies can only become effective and improve the quality of life if they offer healthcare at an affordable price. Innovation in medical technology is needed to transform the healthcare system in such a way that we increase the efficiency and thereby control the costs for society and reduce labour demands. We need innovations that facilitate a patient-centric approach: early differential diagnosis with minimal patient discomfort and fast patient recovery after treatment. These innovations must guarantee the patient’s safety and comply with high ethical standards.
Changing the healthcare system requires a multi-disciplinary approach involving science, engineering and medicine in close collaboration with practitioners in hospitals, first-line care, nursing homes, the healthcare industry and policy makers. There is a demand for highly skilled engineers who are trained to collaborate in multi-disciplinary research teams and who use their strong engineering background for innovative solutions in the medical field. Together with medical doctors and industrial parties the Delft Health Initiative will apply its expertise to solve the health engineering challenges of the future.