Cluster medical robotics

Improving surgical and rehabilitation care by providing advanced robot technology

The cluster medical robotics is an initiative of Health Valley and HighTechNL/Holland Robotics. It aims to unite companies, knowledge institutes and caregivers in a strategic agenda. This agenda focuses on the business cases that are prioritised in the surgery or rehabilitation field in the next decade. With this cluster they can accelerate innovation and market introduction of technology solutions that are beneficial (financially and workload) to the Dutch healthcare system. An important ambition is to come to affordable (reimbursements) and simple (user interface) solutions that can be accepted more quickly in the field. The consortium is working on the top three robotic products that should be developed for these two subdomains in a period of 1 – 5 years.

Medical robotics: affordable and meaningful technology solutions that support patients and healthcare professionals.

Dutch society faces a number of major challenges (such as ageing ) in which, in some cases, medical robotics can contribute to a solution. Medical robotics is characterised by long development times, complex validation and qualification and complex financing with many stakeholders.

Holland Robotics (driven by the HighTechNL association) from Top Sector High Tech Systems & Materials (HTSM) supports the Dutch robotics industry and science focuses on a number of sectors in which the Netherlands has the potential to be successful. Health Valley is a foundation that plays an important role as a representative of interest groups within Dutch healthcare (life sciences and health sector). Within this sector, Health Valley is well positioned to map all aspects of medical robotics and to involve all players.

Together, these two organisations represent almost all stakeholders needed to make medical robotics successful in the Netherlands. Health Valley and HighTechNL/Holland Robotics agreed to collaborate in medical robotics and facilitate a consortium, network and processes necessary to be able to take next steps to include relevant parties that can enrich the consortium.

The consortium aims to unite companies, knowledge institutes and caregivers in a strategic agenda. This agenda focuses on business cases that are prioritised in the surgery or rehabilitation field in the next decade. With this cluster they can take a leading role in international medical robotics solutions, identify and support companies/institutes with business cases based on actual needs and, contribute to innovation acceleration and reduce (workload and financial) pressure on the Dutch healthcare system. An important ambition is to come to affordable (reimbursements) and simple (user interface) solutions that can be accepted more quickly in the field. The consortium is working on the top three robotic products that should be developed for the surgical and rehabilitation field in a period of 1 – 5 years.

Technology is widely available, specific needs are often identified, but helps us to make the match.

Contact information of the Cluster Medical Robots captains:
Willem Endhoven (Holland Robotics)
+316 27055620

willem.endhoven@hightechnl.nl 
Dorine Pluimers (Health Valley Netherlands)                                                                                                                 
+316 51551076
d.pluimers@healthvalley.nl