E-Health in the Netherlands
Care must change in order to remain affordable, and ICT plays an important role in this. There are countless initiatives in the field of e-health worldwide and the Netherlands is contributing too. DigitalAngel makes e-health initiatives accessible to healthcare providers.
The Netherlands is ageing and care is becoming increasingly sober. Thanks to smart innovations, the quality of health and healthcare can be greatly improved on with apps that monitor heart functions or blood sugar levels, for example. Or an app for making an online appointment with the doctor.
Thanks to e-health, patients get more control over their health. When clients can monitor their health with smart equipment, healthcare professionals need less time per patient and good care is possible with less budget. By exchanging information between care providers and between care provider and patients, patient records become more accurate and complete. Digital support in the field of medication can prevent errors and ensure that patients do not forget to take their medicine. All kinds of applications can help patients improve their lifestyle.
At digitalAngel we support developments in the area of e-health by facilitating mutual data exchange of smart care products. We do not produce these products ourselves, but we offer the possibility to join digitalAngel and thus create a large e-health ecosystem. It is no coincidence that we started our activities in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands has a lot of potential
The Netherlands and e-health are an excellent combination. Our healthcare facilities are among the best in the world and we have a fantastic ICT infrastructure. In addition, the Dutch government stimulates the e-health sector to actively offer e-health and bring solutions to the attention of patients.
Positive about digital contact
Intentions are good, but what exactly is the situation with e-health in the Netherlands?
The last edition of the annual e-Health-Monitor reports that e-health users have become more positive about digital services. The use of things like digital contact between patients and care providers can be improved on, but once there is digital contact, both patients and doctors are positive.
Chronically ill, elderly people make increasing use of e-health. Approximately half of them measured their own health values in 2017, mostly weight, blood pressure and blood sugar values. Thanks to e-health, these patients have quicker insight into their own medical data and are more involved in the treatment by their doctor.
Some examples of smarthealth IoT applications in the Netherlands:
- To detect hypertension and sleep apnoea via wearables
If you have a Fitbit, an Apple Watch, Garmin or Android Wear, you can use the DeepHeart app to discover whether you are suffering from sleep apnoea or hypertension. According to Cardiogram, developers of the DeepHeart app, more than 80% of people with the disorder (apnoea and/or hypertension) don't know they have it.
- The insulin pump that creates reports
CareLink Personal is designed for patients who use a MiniMed insulin pump and want to view reports generated by the therapy software. Because CareLink works via the web, doctors and care providers can also request this information, with more clinical details, so that the possible next steps can be evaluated remotely.
- Smart refrigerator saves lives
The Weka Vaccine Smart Fridge uses external monitoring and other IoT technology to better control, maintain and automate the remote storage and distribution of life-saving vaccines.
- Heart monitor implant operated via Bluetooth
A first in the Diakonessenhuis Hospital in Utrecht: implantation of a heart monitor controlled via a Bluetooth controlled app instead of a classic remote-control. On the basis of settings made by the hospital beforehand, the device registers any deviations. At that moment the patient can request data about their heart rate. In case of serious disturbances, cardiologists can remotely and intervene or advise where necessary.
- Service app for patients MS Twente
‘Gastvrij MST’ (Hospitable MST) is a tablet app that connects patients around the clock with a service employee. The app is also connected to the electronic patient record (EPD). Patients can use the app to order food and drinks, watch TV and listen to the radio, but at the same time, the patient can also be monitored without having to make unnecessary trips.
- Mobile medication guidelines at Martini Hospital
The Martini Hospital in Groningen optimised its Wi-Fi network so that all devices equipped with Wi-Fi technology can communicate with each other now and in the long term. The stable platform must enable future IoT applications. At the moment apps are already in use for mobile medication guidelines and maintenance. Thanks to the network, 170 'computers on wheels' can log in on all devices and update the patient records (EPD).
E-health and digitalAngel
digitalAngel actively monitors all innovations in e-health. We offer a safe and transparent platform for devices that communicate with each other and with care providers and clients thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Our platform connects consumers, care providers and other parties involved to achieve better healthcare together.