Digital Health
Current and future practices with new digital tools in healthcare and wellbeing

Current practices are used as a starting point and are combined with co-creation activities, real-life experimentation in lab and in everyday pilots and interdisciplinary work to ’ground’ future innovations in health and make them both desirable and economically sustainable. The unit is active in digital healthcare research since 2005 and participates in Flemish applied interdisciplinary research projects and in European projects.

In their work, the focus is put on three domains:
• Self-management and persuasive technology: for example use and development of mobile coaching apps
• Human-robot interaction and (in)dependency: for example use and development of surgical and care robots influence
• People centered algorithms and decision support: for example context aware nurse call systems

Throughout these domains, we have defined four main focal points in our research questions:
• Integration of digital innovations in the daily practices, processes and collaborations in healthcare and wellbeing
• Digital inclusion in healthcare (from both the care receiver as (in)formal caregiver point of view)
• Migration path towards sustainable healthcare models
• Living Lab methodology in the healthcare domain

The output we typically deliver can be summarized as:
1. Insights on the daily use of new digital solutions in the healthcare domain.
2. New service, concept and business model ideas, with an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses.
3. Creating a fit of added value for multiple stakeholders involved.
4. Interdisciplinary methodological development and support

Project Blog Events Publication
Challenges and Opportunities of Participation in Primary HIV & AIDS Prevention: Findings from an Interactive Web-based Intervention (2010)

De digitale kloof van de tweede graad in Vlaanderen. (2010)

Implementing e-inclusion in Flanders: going beyond access? A critical analysis of e-inclusion initiatives and their ability to improve multiple digital literacies. (2010)

Embedding e-inclusion initiatives in people's daily reality: The role of social networks in tackling the digital divide. (2010)

e-Learning and undereducated learners: barriers and opportunities (2010)

e-Inclusion and people in poverty: Implementation and pedagogical approach for a long-term use of ICT (2010)

Workshop n.a.v. de evaluatie van het nationale Actieplan ter bestrijding van de digitale kloof. (2010)

e-Learning en e-Inclusie. Een kwalitatieve analyse van een aantal laagdrempelige e-learning en ICT-cursussen bij VDAB (2010)

e-Learning, een geleerde toekomst voor iedereen? Een kwalitatief onderzoek naar de drempels van e-learning modaliteiten voor laagopgeleiden. (2010)

The Belgian e-ID and its complex path to implementation and innovational change (2010)

Towards a European surveillance society? Combating copyright infringement through graduated response initiatives in France and the United Kingdom. (2010)

The Belgian e-ID case. Identity of persons and documents. The role of governments in providing eSignatures (2009)

ICT as the new red ribbon? Exploring the opportunities of new technologies for innovative communication strategies in the field of primary HIV and AIDS prevention at the University of the Western Cape. (2009)

Graduated response in Europe. An analysis of initiatives and stakeholder discourses. (2009)

ICT4D in de informatiesamenleving - Oude wijn in nieuwe zakken. (2009)

An assumptional analysis of the Creative Content Online public consultation by the European Commission (2009)

De inpasbaarheid van innovatieve leervormen in het dagelijks leven van personen. Een analyse van de resultaten van de gebruikerstesten middels een proxy - TWINIC - in samenwerking met de docenten van HoGent, Campus Vesalius. (2009)

Results of the Belspo research into digital strategies for HIV and AIDS campaigning in a South African university context. (2008)

ICT as the new red ribbon: hot or not? Results of the Belspo research into digital strategies for HIV and AIDS campaigning in a South African university context (2008)

Fighting AIDS fatigue by using digital strategies in primary prevention campaigns: insights from a case study among South African university students. Poster presented at the IAMCR Conference (2008)

ICT as the new red ribbon: hot or not? Results of the BELSPO research into digital strategies for HIV and AIDS campaigning in a South African University context. Research conducted at the expense of the Belgian State, supported by the Belgian Science Poli (2008)

Fighting the AIDS fatigue with a digital campaign. Paper presented at the workshop 'Breaking the Silence. Teaching and the AIDS pandemic' (2007)

Urbizone. International best practice of wireless city networks. Research report prepared for 'Centrum voor Informatica voor het Brussels Gewest'. (2006)