Integrating Technologies is about breaking down barriers between promising technological solutions and their actual use in the health-care process. It is as much about bridging the gap between a university-developed prototype and the wish of industry to have it clinically tested before developing it into a medical device, as it is about focussing our research on those fundamental aspects that are expected to bring about the big health innovations twenty years from now.
It is also about redesigning healthcare such that it can cater to each patient’s unique medical needs with a patient-individual Health Journey. A challenge the TU Delft design disciplines are eager and capable to pick up.
Lastly, it is about a systemic change towards fast-track innovations. Even for proven technology it is currently difficult to claim its rightful place in a fragmented healthcare system traversed by myriad Health Journeys.
All of this is accelerated by the recent convergence between TU Delft, Erasmus MC and Erasmus University.
News and stories
Delft design method maps a route through the confusion for cancer patientsCancer patients can often find it difficult to maintain a good overview of their situation. This is why Ingeborg Griffioen, a Delft industrial designer, developed the Metro Mapping design method for patients and care providers, to enable them to reach better shared decisions about treatment. Experts in design engineering from TU Delft are now joining forces with medical professionals and researchers from Erasmus MC and the LUMC and the Panton design agency to further develop and apply Griffioen’s method in the Netherlands, Denmark and Spain.
Victims of the war in Ukraine receive prosthetic hands designed by TU DelftSince the start of the war in Ukraine, the need for prosthetic hands has increased sharply. TU Delft researcher Gerwin Smit has designed a prosthetic hand that can be made through a combination of 3-D printing and laser-cutting, which means that they be produced easily and relatively cheaply in countries that have little money to spend on such things. These prosthetic hands are already being used in India and now, the Indian technology company Vispala has donated 350 of Smit’s 3D-printed prosthetic hands to war victims in Ukraine, sponsored by the American IT-company, Cisco.
Computer gives people with depression symptoms insight into their thinking patternsOur thoughts greatly determine how we feel and behave. Thus, gaining insight into certain thought patterns is an important part of preventing and treating depression. TU Delft researcher Franziska Burger investigated how AI can support people with symptoms of depression.
Medical experts and engineers speak each other’s language in DelftAn outpatients’ centre for cancer patients is certainly not the first thing you would expect to encounter on TU Delft campus. ‘But the decision to choose Delft as the location for the Holland Proton Therapy Centre has actually proved to be a very smart move’, says Medical Director Prof. Marco van Vulpen. The location alongside the TU Delft Reactor Institute offers an excellent opportunity for clinicians and engineers to collaborate closely.
3-in-1 microscope shows researchers the way to proteinsPhysicists from TU Delft have developed a 3-in-1 microscope where a light beam, electron beam and ion beam work together to precisely cut out specific slices from biological samples. These slices are indispensable for biomolecular research into new generations of medicines. The invention was published in the journal eLife on 1 December.
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