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Dirk Jan van der Pol

Patient en Consultant Healthcare, Ordina


09:00 - 09:45 hours
Innovating with patients included

I am an ICT consultant with over 18 years’ experience in different markets like industry and Healthcare. In 2003 I was diagnosed with cancer. This disease and the powerlessness in particular have been the start of my personal mission. I want to make people aware and self-reliant about their health and care. Empower people and give them control of their positive health. From technology point of view this mission is translated in the question: ‘How can we create added value from the huge amount of health(care) data?’


Patient centred innovations
Nowadays it is generally accepted that health care innovations should be meaningful and valuable to the individual patient. Health care policies and grants therefore increasingly include patient participation as a requirement. Involving patients not only improves the quality of care and the alignment with patients’ needs, it also gives patients a feeling of control. In practice, including the wishes and perspectives of patients within innovations has however not been easy. Patients are often not aware of the possibilities to use their experiential knowledge. Besides, health care professionals and policy makers often miss the expertise on how to use this experiential knowledge and create valuable participation. Would you like to improve the quality of care by using patients’ knowledge and expertise? Become inspired by the story of Dirk Jan van der Pol who combined his own ICT-expertise and his experiences as a cancer patient to be responsive to patients’ needs. And receive hands-on tools that amongst others Violet Petit-Steeghs of Athena Institute (VU) developed in collaboration with Erasmus MC to empower professionals to involve patients.
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