Prof. dr. Karin CONINX
Innovation and Implementation acceleration for Complex Rehabilitation Technology brings together state-of-the-art knowledge & experience of rehabilitation centres, knowledge centres, (SME) businesses, healthcare sector organizations and patients (organizations) in order to promote and accelerate rehabilitation technology innovation and implementation.
Rehabilitation care is under great pressure because of aging of the population and the increase in illness-related healthcare costs. Solutions are sought through improvement of the (cost-)effectiveness of treatments. This can be achieved by e.g. the use of new technologies in rehabilitation treatment, like robotics, sensors, new materials and new production processes for tools & etc. Aims are: a) to increase therapy provision and to make therapy more attractive, b) to increase training time & intensity for patients, c) to increase the contact time between patient-practitioner, d) to improve results from treatments and assessments.
i2-CoRT involves 2 dearly related routes, namely a) a procedural & infrastructural route (i.e. the development of 3 clinical testing centres in the vicinity of rehabilitation centres with a network of cooperating knowledge institutes and companies) and b) a concrete product-oriented route (in this case 5 so called innovation ‘model projects’ in which concrete RT innovation ideas are elaborated and which will serve as examples to test and improve the procedures).
Read more at the i2-CoRT project website.
All actors in i2-CoRT contribute their indispensable, unique and complementary knowledge and expertise regarding (the development of) rehabilitation technology
and (clinical) application in a variety of patient populations and problems. Clinical expertise and problems regarding (regionally different!!) rehabilitation treatments, regulations and practices are provided by the German, Flemish, Walloon and Dutch clinical centres. Knowledge institutions bring in their specific expertise in the area of research methodology, technology, process, product development and evaluation. This creates a Euregional clinical test environment that fosters open innovation and user-centred innovation through co-creation.
The HCI group of EDM participates based on their expertise in HCI in general and applied in the domain of “health and rehabilitation”. The HCI research unit conducts research in “emerging interactive systems”, user-centred software engineering and multimodal interaction. The results of this research are applied in technology-supported rehabilitation and robotic systems (serious games, 3D interaction and haptic feedback), multidisciplinary and end-user design and development), e-health.
The i2-CoRT project is funded by the Interreg V-A Euregion Meuse-Rhine program of the European Union (www.interregemr.eu), and its affiliated Euregional governments.