Care and Cure

Healthcare systems worldwide are in crisis. In the USA alone, preventable medical errors cause around 100.000 mortalities each year, twice as much as traffic accidents. Simultaneously medical costs are skyrocketing, fuelled in part in part by demographic trends. Accordingly there is an urgent need to improve quality of care while limiting costs. Throughout the world there is growing consensus that the paradigm shift towards patient-centered care will fit this bill. Patient-centered care has been embraced by the USA as its core health-care model for the future, and is at the heart of the business strategies of major industrial health-care players. It aims to put the patient rather than the doctor in direct control of his/her health. Underpinning this shift are novel medical technologies to support the patient in managing his/her health, and helping him/her to stay away from the hospital.

New medical technology
In the transition from high-care to lower-care departments and from the ward to the home, patients become more ambulatory, and professional medical support is shrinking, both quantitatively and qualitatively. For medical technology to support this trend, this technology should hence operate reliably in more ambulatory settings, and provide a more continuous and autonomous indication of patient condition, preferably in a wireless fashion. Similar requirements apply to medical technology in a preventive setting, with an added emphasis on low cost. These requirements figure prominently in the Care and Cure program

Improving medical care
The theme Care and Cure is concerned with the medical side of electrical engineering; with the goal of making hospital intake less necessary. By means of this, the quality of care can improve, the patient can exercise more control over his own health and costs become lower. The focus is on perinatology, cardiovascular disorders, neural disorders, sport and lifestyle.