Indo - Dutch Living Lab on E Health
In 2017, Nuffic Neso India and the Holland Innovation network initiated an Indo-Dutch Living Lab – which provides a bilateral platform between the Netherlands and India connecting companies, public organizations and higher education institutions from both countries – to develop and apply practical solutions for the real-life societal challenges in both countries by providing state of the art applied research and real-life practical assignments for students, lecturers, researchers and professionals from the field.Two Living Lab workshops were organized in 2017. The first introductory session was held on June 20th, followed by a workshop on October 24th, both in Bangalore. The overarching theme chosen for the Living Lab is “access to affordable healthcare via means of e-Health”, under which three sub-themes were defined – Diabetes and Hypertension, Mental Health and Elderly Care.The sessions brought together various stakeholders from India and the Netherlands. Many Indian hospitals (Apollo, Baptist, Aster, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Fortis), universities (IIIT-B, IISc, BMS college of engineering, Manipal University, M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology), representatives from government and NGO’s were present. From the Netherlands, representatives from Government and universities were present (Hanze, HAN, Zuyd, Maastricht School of Medical Science, University of Groningen, University of Eindhoven and Delft University). The two workshops resulted in ideas for a total of 15 research projects to kick-start the Living Lab. The initiative is supported by the Netherlands – Holland Innovation Network, Nuffic Neso India, SiA (Taskforce for Applied Research, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) and RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency). Currently, the team is working with the Ministries and funding agencies in the Netherlands to screen the projects proposals for a match with existing and/or possible new funding opportunities. As a next step, the key people behind promising proposals will get an opportunity to travel to the Netherlands around March 2018 to find additional project partners and work on the development of their e-health solutions. Steps are also being taken to explore collaboration with the Govt. of Karnataka on this initiative.UPCOMING ACTIVITIES Living Lab Delegation Visit: To the Netherlands in March 2018 comprising key participants from Government, academia and industry. The visit will provide opportunities to connect the research proposals with industry (and other) partners in the Netherlands and further develop the research proposals·Student Activities: Explore opportunities for Dutch and Indian students to work on research assignments and internships at host institutes/companies in the field of e-Health. Ideally, the internship would be within the scope of 15 research projects received so far.