The Dutch have a small but strongly defined field of expertise in technologies that help to diagnose and treat diseases.
• More precise and less risky diagnostic systems (x-ray; MRI; electron microscopy; homecare)
• Precise solutions for cancer treatment
Increasing population ageing and rising health-care costs mean that people have to live longer at home and that more care has to be provided by fewer people. Almost every Western country will feel the effects of population ageing in the coming years. In the Netherlands, the demand for care – and therefore its cost – will increase and the workforce will decrease. In addition, patients are becoming more emancipated and expect to be treated like clients.
How do we enable people to live happily, safely and healthily in their familiar surroundings for as long as possible? How can doctors and surgeons provide effective care? The answer: By using technology applications that improve the quality of patients' lives at home and in their everyday surroundings; by applying technology as widely as possible across care, convenience and comfort services; by using technology – such as robotics – that helps doctors and surgeons increase their efficiency.
Dutch care providers and knowledge institutes are working hard to respond to an increasing demand for care, a declining workforce and cutbacks in the health-care sector making them perfect international partners. and between patients and care providers.