Within this research theme, we aim to provide an optimal start to life, maintain health throughout life, predict disease, optimize treatment outcomes, and optimize recovery and (end-of-life) care.
Each life can be considered a health journey that starts around conception and concludes at the end of life. A health journey contains both intramural and extramural phases and involves many stakeholders, like family, healthcare specialists and policy-makers. However, current health care systems are organized primarily around intramural activities and focus on disease. The scope of healthcare is confined to the entry and exit of a health facility and thus limited in its outreach.
We aim to transform the traditional healthcare system (a ‘disease cure system’) into a ‘network’ system that focuses on the entire health journey throughout life, effectively integrating various formal and informal healthcare systems with multi-layered data sources.