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Tess Osborne
Tess Osborne is a social geographer with a focus in two connecting areas: first, exploring the application of technology as a research tool and in everyday life, including biosensing, digital worlds, and GIS; second, examining questions around embodiment and health and wellbeing, particularly how these relate to the built environment. She is currently working on the Meaningful Mobility project to develop and implement new approaches to enhance research of mobility and health in later life.

Tess Osborne
Tess Osborne

Durk-Jouke van der Zee
Durk-Jouke van der Zee is Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at the Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Groningen. His research focuses on health care systems engineering. Research themes include hospital planning & control, and the design of care chains and networks - thereby linking pre-hospital and intrahospital care services. Project examples include development of cost-effective organizational models for regional acute stroke care, big data analysis of patient flows in care networks seeking to improve care plans and resource use, strategic staff planning and ambulance network design and operation.

Extra keywords: Health Services, Quantitative Methods, Health Organization, Health System Engenineering

Durk-Jouke van der Zee
Durk-Jouke van der Zee

Marjolein van Offenbeek
Studied and got her PhD in organisational psychology in Amsterdam before she moved to Groningen to engage in interdisciplinary, applied research in healthcare settings. Her research focuses on the implementation and effectiveness of innovations in health care management and organisation. A central theme is how to realise a dynamic fit between the innovation content and context on the one hand and the implementation strategy on the other hand. One line of research concentrates on new occupations, job differentiation and professional projects in healthcare. The second line concerns health information systems and Ehealth implementation.

Extra keyword: Implementation

Marjolein van Offenbeek
Marjolein van Offenbeek

Albert Boonstra
Albert Boonstra is a full professor of Information Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. His research interests include the implementation of advanced information technologies in healthcare environments, especially the socio-political dimensions. He is interested in the transformative potential of digital technologies in healthcare, including eHealth, Internet of Things, Electronic Health Records and Telecare. He presented his work at international conferences and is author of three books and more than 60 international journal articles. He is senior editor of Information Systems Journal. He is research fellow of research school SOM and of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health.

Extra keyword: Implementation

Albert Boonstra
Albert Boonstra

Paul Buijs
I am an assistant professor at the Department of Operations (Faculty of Economics and Business). My research focuses on the design and application of novel logistics solutions, among others in the healthcare sector. Logistics played a critically important role in managing the coronavirus pandemic, for example by distributing scarce personal protective equipment and transferring patients out of hospitals in local coronavirus hotspots. The lessons learned during the coronavirus pandemic are likely valuable for managing healthcare operations in normal times too.

Extra keyword: Healthcare operations

Paul Buijs
Paul Buijs

Govert Schoof
I am Govert Schoof, Head of the spatial expertise center of the RUG, the Geodienst. We work closely with the great Aletta team on technical (analytics, software, visualization) projects. I have experience working on healthcare innovations (at a software company) and I am currently working on a tech start-up besides my daily duties. Coming soon!
If you are working with spatial data you can contact us for -FREE- support at geodienst rug.nl. Yes, our team is literally waiting to help you with data handling, analytics or any other challenges you might have. More info on rug.nl/geo

If you are thinking about innovation or software development but you're not sure how to bring your idea to live.. all it takes is a cup of coffee! :) I am happy to help. Shoot me a message and let's move things forward!

Extra keyword: Spatial

Govert Schoof
Govert Schoof

Jenny van Doorn
My name is Jenny van Doorn, I'm professor of Services Marketing at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen. My research focuses on the use of technology in services, in particular the use of robots and artificial intelligence. Use of such technology becomes also more and more common in healthcare and is seen as a potential solution for the challenges that the health care system faces given the increasing health care demand due to ageing populations and personnel shortages. The current generation of technological devices often already goes beyond a mere functional role and also engages its user on a social level, such as a robot doing physical exercises with the elderly or devices using speech technology to remind their users to e.g. take their medicine. In my research I explore how consumers react to such technology, and whether there are ways to overcome reluctance that in particular elderly people may feel to use it.

Extra keyword: Robots and chatbots in healthcare

Jenny van Doorn
Jenny van Doorn
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