Academisch Ziekenhuis Groningen

Academisch Ziekenhuis Groningen

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is a teaching and research medical center in the Northern part of the Netherlands and of the largest (academic) hospitals in the Netherlands.

The UMCG focuses on healthy ageing in all priority areas: research, clinical care and education. In Groningen Healthy Ageing is seen as a joint research challenge for the UMCG, the University of Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, and various regional, national and international partners.

It is embedded in the UMCG Center for Geriatric Medicine (UCO), European Research Institute on the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA). The multidisciplinary research extends from fundamental biological and (pre)clinical research through to applied research into social societal effects of disease and health, like the cohort study LifeLines.

In this way results can be translated rapidly into adequate and/or improved prevention and treatment methods. This leads to new products in medication and medical technology for making diagnoses, and for example for the development of new nutritional products – another aspect in which this research is of vital importance.

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Role in the project

As research and technology provider in eHealth solutions for integrated and continuous care, Eurecat is the project coordinator and leader of WP4 “Smart Self-Management and Monitoring”.

Starting from its strong expertise on telemonitoring and home support from previous European projects such as BackHOME (FP7) and SAAPHO (AAL), the eHealth R&D group of Eurecat is leading all the activities regarding patient monitoring. Moreover, thanks to the matured experience in collaborating with healthcare providers in Catalonia and, in particular, to the Barcelona Virtual Health Practice together with the Hospital Clínc, Eurecat is also leading all the integration and interoperability tasks regarding the Catalan pilot (WP5). Finally, Eurecat previous expertise on clinical decision support systems from the SYNERGY-COPD project (FP7) are used in participating in all the WP3 activities regarding the clinical decision support systems as well as in the WP4 activities on the recommender system.

The Academisch Ziekenhuis Groningen team

Esther Metting studied psychology and epidemiology and is post-researcher at the Groningen Research Institute of Asthma and COPD Primary care group (GRIAC-PC) based in the department of General Practice in the University Medical Center Groningen. Field of expertise is the epidemiology of asthma, COPD and ACOS in primary care. She is the head of data assessment of the Asthma/COPD service an integrated care project of the GRIAC and the CERTE laboratories and is the project leader of the IRW inhalation technique project. Overall aim of her daily research is to improve the care for asthma and COPD patients by obtaining information from real life data. Above that, in several studies patients’ opinions were evaluated via interviews or focus groups so that this information can be used in patient centered health care applications. She is involved in several eHealth studies among which the EU-H2020 Connecare project. In the Connecare project see is involved in the development of an EU health application for asthma and COPD patients and healthcare professionals.

Maarten M.H. Lahr (1981), PhD, graduated from University of Groningen in 2009 as human movement scientist and behavioral and cognitive neuroscientist, and subsequently was enrolled in a PhD programme at University Medical Center Groningen, department of Neurology, which was successfully completed in 2013. Within his PhD he performed multi- and interdisciplinary research in the field of organisational models for acute stroke care, together with the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen and the department of Epidemiology and Medical Technology Assessment of the University of Groningen. In 2013 he was appointed postdoc researcher with Healthy Ageing Team UMCG on an European project aimed at setting up and implementing eHealth and integrated care models for chronic diseases. In this period he combined his postdoc position with a position as Managing Director of SPRINT center for research excellence, IMDI programme, ZonMw. Starting July 2016 he works as a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Epidemiology, Groningen. His research focuses on modelling and (early) evaluation of innovations and new treatments in healthcare. Lahr (co)supervised many (international) master students, is (co)-authors of over 20 papers, and is a commission member of the Dutch Heart Foundation. Recently he has been awarded two European grants in the field of eHealth and integrated care for chronic diseases.

Completed and rewarded projects:

Dissertation: organisation of acute stroke care 18 11 2013 (E. Buskens Promotor)
Co-applicant/position in Groningen on the following projects:

Postdoc/project leader EU health program – Advancing Care coordination and Telehealth deployment (ACT), coordinator Philips, blue print/cookbook care coordination and e-Health (start 2013 and successfully completed 2015).

Rewarded: EU Health program – continuation ACT: ACT@Scale coordinator Philips for implementation and scaling-up of successful e-Health initiatives (start 2016).

Rewarded: EU Horizon 2020 CONNECARE, coordinator BDIGITAL Barcelona Spain for the development, evaluation and implementation of an e-Health decision support system for chronic care (start 2016).

Rewarded: Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centers (NFU) Citrien funds, eHealth, coordinator Academic Medical Center (AMC) Amsterdam for the development of an integral, personalized digital care environment for patients (start 2016).

Rewarded: Dutch Heart Foundation (NHS) CVON collaboration for New Treatments of Acute Stroke, work package organisation of care (start 2017).

Matthijs Plas is a physician and studied Medicine at the University of Groningen. He is completing his PhD-track at the department of Surgical Oncology and the department of Epidemiology at the University Medical Center Groningen. The thesis is about the negative sequelae of the inflammatory response following surgery in elderly oncological patients. Focus lays on postoperative outcomes in elderly cancer patients, with special interest in the involvement of the immune system. Overall aim of his daily research is to improve the care and outcome of the elderly cancer patients. For the EU-H2020 Connecare project he is involved in the development of an EU health application with the aim to early recognize complications after hospital discharge, and to improve guidance and monitoring in this vulnerable period of recovery.

Leonie Jonker completed her study Medicine at the University of Groningen in 2015. She worked as a physician at the department of Surgery in the Martini Hospital and Groningen, at the Emergency Department on the tropical island Aruba and at the Surgery department in the University Medical Center in Groningen. At the moment, she works as a PhD-researcher at the department of Surgical Oncology and the department of Epidemiology at the University Medical Center Groningen on the EU-H2020 Connecare project. She will be the new case manager of the an implementation study at the surgical department in Groningen. The EU health application will be tested for postoperative monitoring of elderly, oncological patients after hospital discharge. The aim is to improve guidance and monitoring in this vulnerable period of recovery, to eventually decrease complications, morbidity and mortality.