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    LATEST NEWS February 2019

    SPRINT innovates health care

    A room full of public-private adrenaline at the SPRINT sym-posium 2019 in Groningen, early February. Entrepreneurs, researchers, policy makers, investors, students, PhD students and civil society organizations were introduced to new SPRINT health care innovation on their way to the market.
    A networking day to inform SPRINT partners about new cooperation challenges that the Center of Research Excellence and the partners, offer over the coming years. Health care passion with a user-centered mission, stated Prof. Bart Verkerke, technical director of SPRINT, at the annual symposium.
    With the focus on prevention, implementation and multidisciplinary collaboration to improve the quality of life of (chronic) patients and to relieve the care provider. Bart: ‘At the end of 2018, I was hospitalized for a short time myself. During my stay at the hospital, I experienced the practical obstacles for more quality movement in hospital care, such as using the restrictive infusion pole. SPRINT is developing innovation that gives people more control over their health at home, in the working environment and in a hospital.’ Below, an overview of distinctive SPRINT health care innovation on their way to the market.

    SPRINT is a Centre of Research Excellence founded in 2011. It is aimed towards senior citizens regaining or improving their mobility, a goal that is gaining importance because of the ageing populations of many western societies.
    The central within SPRINT are Smart Mobility Devices: smart technical solutions to help especially elderly people to longer maintain their independent mobility. The new devices prevent a decrease in mobility and provides better rehabilitation, preferably within the home environment. In addition SPRINT will develop new prostheses and orthoses.

    The various new technologies will be developed in close cooperation with: Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, Rijksuniversiteit GroningenUniversiteit Twente,  and a variety of  companies and institutions.

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