At the International Health Battle 2012 the Trimbos student team has reached the final, with a digital tool designed to motivate breast cancer patients to take exercise.
During the International Health Battle multidisciplinary teams of talented students have to come up with solutions to health care challenges in a day. The challenges are submitted by health care sector organisations, including the Trimbos Institute and ZonMw (Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development). At the end of the day, the teams present their solutions to a panel of experts. The panel selects three teams to go forward to the final in March 2013. Each solution is judged on three criteria: utility, novelty and non-obviousness.
On 11 May 2012, the first round of the International Health Battle 2012 took place. The Trimbos Institute was one of the organisations that had submitted a challenge. The Trimbos case involved the development of a digital tool designed to encourage and motivate people with breast cancer to take exercise. The tool forms part of the mobile application for psychological support for people with breast cancer, which is currently being developed by Trimbos.
Of the eight participating teams, two tackled the Trimbos case. One of these caught the attention of the judges. Their combination of biofeedback sensors, social media and a reward system secured them a place in the final. This team will further develop the idea, in collaboration with the Trimbos Institute, and will compete with the other finalists in March 2013.
More information: Eva Fischer