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Social innovation to reduce the gap between innovative assistive technology and people living with dementia

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Social innovation to reduce the gap between innovative assistive technology and people living with dementia

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Purpose Currently, most technology (robotics, smart homes, etc) that has been developed for the healthcare sector are difficult in use, expensive and often not affordable for individual persons in their home situation. Affordable innovations that activate people instead of taking tasks over can be a major breakthrough intervention in several treatments for different patient groups. On the other hand the already existing assistive innovations in home situations still don’t reach a large population (1). Scaling up innovations in public sectors, has more challenges in comparison with private sectors (2,3). The hypothesis of this study is that technical innovations need a social innovative approach to improve the availability and the use of technology by a larger population of people living with dementia. Method A Dutch Ecosystem research model for Dementia Care (EDC) was created. The main building blocks of social innovation in the EDC are communities of practice (CoP). In these CoPs, representatives of companies, knowledge institutes, healthcare organizations and governmental bodies are collaborating to study how people with dementia can be sufficiently supported based on three key principles: shared values, shared knowledge, shared savings. Per CoP case-studies are done. One CoP and accompanying
case study focussed on putting ambulant nursing students as linking pin between assistive technology and people living with dementia at home. Results & Discussion A CoP seems to be a strong vehicle to tackle and gain knowledge on a specific issue, in this case reducing the gap between innovative assistive technology and people living with dementia. One major barrier (Table 1) for clients is to ask for help in learning to use technology.
Healthcare students appear to be the linking pin between stakeholders’ perspectives and overcome the barrier of hesitant to ask for help. The huge intrinsic drive to come up with solutions from different stakeholder perspectives is structurally facilitated by the EDC.

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OrganisatieFontys Hogescholen
Jaar2016
TypeArtikel
TaalOnbekend

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