Care Innovation Center West-Brabant

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Care Innovation Center West-Brabant

Contact: Chantal van Spaendonck

Oostelijke Havendijk 1

4707 AD  Roosendaal

0165-745089

info@cic-westbrabant.nl

 

 

Country: 
Netherlands

CIC is an open-innovation ecosystem. It’s open to companies, NGO’s, government organisations, educational and research institutions. 

CIC facilitates in setting up experiments (co-creation, monitoring, implementation, testing) for innovative products, services and concepts in a real-life environment. The focus of CIC is to realise prevention for health and social care and to support people in living independently/assisted in their homes for a longer time in a healthy, safe and comfortable way. Wherein implementation of innovations in the education for young people is an important issue. In establishing this goal CIC is developing expertise in 6 thematic domains:

• Prevention

This domain relates to innovations to increase awareness of Health and Wellness to encourage people to live a healthier life. Increasing the focus on prevention will help improve health, quality of life and prosperity. Focusing on preventing disease and illness before they occur will create healthier homes, workplaces, schools and less cost. But also maintaining social participation.  

• Selfmanagement

This domain relates to innovations that enable people to take their health and well being in their own hands and to manage it whenever they want by taking preventive actions concerning their health, well being, independence on a pro-active way. 

• Informal care

This domain relates to innovations that facilitate informal care givers to advance the time of informal care before going to professional health care. Innovations facilitate informal care givers to take on a caring roll. We do this by: Health Information technology, Widening informal care, combination with informal care (family/friends), voluntary work and care processionals.

• Ehealth and technology

This domain focuses on internet and technology based innovations that improve prevention, selfmanagement and informal care.

• Labour market

This domain focuses on the shift in labour market because of the less money available. Issues are on which way education of young people and professionals can respond to the changes and how to stimulate applying care innovations.  

• Integrated care 

This domain focuses on innovations that improve the cooperation, communication, coordination, information exchange between all stakeholders in the chain of care to get to a more integrated care process. In the end to prevent chain waste as much as possible. 

CIC will support experiments for technological, innovation, social innovation and business model innovations. In this way CIC aims to create value on a social and health economic level with open-innovation collaborative partnerships, that create a WIN-WIN-situation for all parties involved. Products, processes and services can be tested at every stage of the development cycle.  

CIC will actively seek commercial and applied research engagements with commercial and non-commercial organisations and education and research-institutes, interested in Health care and social care focussed on our thematic domains.

CIC has different ways to support organisations with their innovation:

  • Care funding 
  • Care instruction
  • Care research
  • Care practice school
  • Care living lab
  • Care entrepreneurship 

A flagship project of CIC and Kellebeek College (Intermediate Vocational Education) is the development of a Zorg en Welzijnsboulevard (Social Care, Health Care and Welfare boulevard) in the building of Kellebeek College (intermediate vocational education). By developing this new concept in the school building different aspects come together: 

  • Students have a living lab environment for internships and applying practice
  • Citizens and students have direct access to Social en Health care innovations (project Huis van Morgen)
  • Research projects will be done by students of Higher education and university education on the results, the applicability, user friendliness, etc. 
  • Organisations have an testing ground for their new innovations

CIC is a living lab for innovation and implementation of user-centric innovations in Social Care and Health Care with focus on prevention and selfmanagement. Many private and public R&D investments fail to produce real and sustaining value for the society, due to the fact that they are initiated an executed in a closed and artificial laboratory environment and not really tested en implemented. In this situation there is limited interaction with, and understanding of the real user needs, the care givers needs, the potential implementation problems, especially regarding economic valorisation and the required support of an eco-system of stakeholders. 

CIC offers:

  • Access to an eco-system that allows setting up and facilitating projects 
  • Access to the quadruple helix partners
  • Access to an international partner program
  • A large living community to set up tests 
  • Methodological support in design and management of real life testing
  • Data acquisition: in the project Huis van Morgen but also in partner projects

References and Track Record

The activities currently developed with relation to our living lab are the folow:Quaterly meetings with our partners with Kwartaalbijeenkomsten with recent developments, new projects and financing and facilitating opportunities

  • Organising integral consultations between VMBO (Preparatory Secondary Vocational Education), MBO (Intermediate Vocational Education) and HBO (Higher Vocational Education) about substantive training and joint use of technical care innovations
  • Desing and implementation of Huis van Morgen with new innovations of entrepreneurs te be tested and researched 
  • Realize cooperation with interest organisations that represent care consumers to test new innovations and to determine their needs
  • Project mobile accessibility to houses for care professionals and informal caregivers
  • Project to implementate a digital patiënt record where the patient is in charge
  • Project with transmuralpartnerships with care nursing and home care partners, hospitals, general practitioner and doctors
  • Achieve minimum of 5 graduation research projects with our Quadrupel Helix partners a year on different research projects. huisartsen en artsen

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