We have been collaborating with Philips VitalMinds for a while now in students projects. We can now continue this collaboration with funding for a PhD student from the Top Technology Twente Connecting Industry program that is supported by the Topsector HTSM.
Funding was granted for the proposal entitled Digital Nature – Enhancing Patient Care and Control. This project is aimed at investigating how novice users (patients at the IC environment) can use an advanced lighting device, the VitalSky, in order to control and manage their recovery process. Furthermore, we will develop, test, and implement evidence-based nature-inspired content as it can prevent delirium and facilitate and speed up the recovery process.
This means that we will be looking for a PhD student to work on this project. A profile will be online soon but don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions now. Collaborators on the project are dr. Thomas van Rompay (UT) and prof. dr. Bart Verkerke (UT/UMCG). Prof. dr. Sophia de Rooij (UMCG) is advisor for the project.
Read the abstract and aims of the project below:
Digital Nature – Enhancing Patient Care and Control.
To prevent delirium, non-pharmacological, psychological strategies that reduce a.o. a disrupted sleep-wake cycle are particularly effective. The Philips VitalMinds venture has developed a luminous ceiling called VitalSky that provides not only circadian-effective lighting to support the sleep-wake cycle of patients in the IC environment, but also has the possibility of rendering coloured lighting content, allowing for presentation of nature-based scenes facilitating patient recovery.
The project aims are:
1) Acquiring fundamental knowledge on specific nature features and their effects on patient experience.
2) Investigate how physiological patient data can be used to steer device functioning.
3) Integration of fundamental knowledge on nature features and relevant physiological data to optimize VitalSky.
4) Developing the interaction protocols via which patients and other stakeholders in the IC context can interact with device and contents.
Collaboration with medical experts will ensure that the developments contribute to treatment planning and workflow efficiency. By contributing to patient health and wellbeing as well as to treatment planning, decision making and reduced labor time by medical staff and experts, our project will stimulate quick recovery after treatment, thereby shortening hospitalization and facilitating early rehabilitation and a rapid return to normal daily activities.