Accessible care at home

The demand for care is increasing. Healthcare in the Netherlands is still well organised and easily accessible, but it is not future-proof in its current organisational form. To keep our healthcare system accessible to all Dutch people, we must offer health and care in a new way: more at the patient’s home, more in collaboration with our own network, with the patient at the centre. And most importantly: fit to the need of the patient.




In a new way

Mission II of the Mission-driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy for the Social Theme Health and Care therefore reads as follows: In 2030, care will be organised 50% more (or more often) in one's own living environment (instead of in care institutions), together with the network around people. This change is already apparent in a number of areas, such as mental health care, dialysis care, youth care and care for the elderly. The first steps have been taken, but there is still a lot of progress to be made.

What will our healthcare system and healthy living in our own living environment look like in 2030? Hans Rietman, rehabilitation physician and Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Technology at the University of Twente, plays an important role to realise the vision of Mission II. In Chapter 1, he talks about the future he envisions and what this means for citizens.

Thanks, in part to COVID-19, digital technology around health and care has made great strides. Entrepreneurs such as the experts behind Cory.Care and Moovd contribute to this. How? You can read about it in Chapter 2. Here you can also read more about the “Vitaal in Brainport” field lab, where citizens work together with support from the government and knowledge institutions for a healthy living environment.

Top Sector LSH supports initiatives and projects to stimulate care in the own living environment. Projects in which public and private parties work together on eHealth applications as well as long-term, strategic action programmes for prehospital triage that can count on contributions in kind, in mind or in cash. Collaboration is essential, says Mark van Heijl, founder of the programme, in Chapter 3 in an interview. 

Let’s answer the question of health and care together by realising Mission II with the entire quadruple helix. Contribute ideas, join the conversation, and become inspired about care in your own living environment and with your own network with this Health~Holland update!

Tom Oostrom, Director of the Kidney Foundation and Vice-Chairman of the LSH Top
 Sector Advisory Council