At the GezondheidFabriek (or 'HealthFactory' in English) we turn supply and demand into action. Our innovation projects connect big (and small) challenges in health and wellbeing with smart ideas and excellent partners. By working together with citizens, health and care providers, knowledge institutes, businesses and government we match needs and solutions. GezondheidFabriek makes working together easier.
The expertise of our partners lies at the interface of technology, big data value creation, health and wellbeing. Knowledge, expertise and skills developed in projects are shared within our network. Together we create a healthy and social society.
We combine technological and social innovation
Take a look at the story of Birgit & Woonmere
In Almere Poort forward thinking parents created WoonMere, a special home for kids with severe and multiple disabilities. Close collaboration between the kids themselves, their parents, the housing corporation, care providers, the municipality, the home automation and technology suppliers plus many others made this unique housing project possible.
In WoonMere people like Birgit get the chance to live independently and caregivers can dedicate their precious time to providing 'real' care and attention. Birgit is keen to drive FreeWheels, the first self-driving wheelchair: co-created in the GezondheidFabriek by students and technology company Cinnovate.
WoonMere has inspired the creation of the GezondheidFabriek. Only by working together, in this ground-breaking way, can we meet today’s complex challenges in the area of health, wellbeing and living.
The GezondheidFabriek is an open learning and working environment
Our doors are open to anyone with a knowledge-intensive issue or promising initiative that cannot be cleared alone. We believe in the power of collaboration to bundle knowledge and creativity. Typical partners are citizens and patients, researchers and students, health and welfare organizations, entrepreneurs, and often also municipalities. Partners can make use of various practical activities and facilities.
Access to public and private partners
We share successes, research and project results
We work closely toegether with students and education
From R&D and data facilities to co-creation in living labs
Our projects start with the needs and aspirations of people
Followed by 'launching customers' and innovative entrepreneurs, as they too are essential in achieving impact and success. The GezondheidFabriek assists in the necessary project development, public private collaboration, funding and planning towards solutions in innovation projects. This could be a completely new product or service, the healthcare worker of the future or an entire systems innovation.
Take a look at our projects
FREEWheels - The first self-driving wheelchair
Commissioned by technology company Cinnovate, bachelor students are developing the first self-driving wheelchair. FreeWheels should allow users to improve their independence and autonomy
Fieldlab - Care in the community in the 21st century
To educate the healthcare professional of the future, three fieldlabs are created in nursing homes. Here elderly, healthcare professionals, students and teachers collaborate in an environment for continuous learning