Minister Kuipers revisits Generation Care
Last summer, Convergence Health & Technology organized the Battle of the Minds Hackathon. Minister Kuipers challenged eight teams of early, mid and late-career researchers to solve the problems of our healthcare system: ‘The greatest challenge is to keep healthcare accessible and of high quality.’
Team ‘The Outsiders’ pitched the winning solution during the Battle of the Minds. After six months of elaborating on their solution ‘Generation Care’, they had the chance to explain it further to the Minister Kuipers. ‘I am very curious to see how this plan develops. Many thanks to the team for putting in the work and the beautiful presentation today!’
Generation Care leads the way towards a new health mindset.
‘The Outsiders’ team consists of Elisabeth Rieff, Tingting Wang, Matthijs Netten, Timothy Houtman, Teddy Vijfvinkel and Jeffrey Sweeney. They were tasked to think about sustaining a high-quality, affordable, accessible and sustainable healthcare for an ageing population with a limited workforce. With Generation Care they add the dimension of self-sufficiency, creating a guiding framework for a healthy and caring society. They broaden the scope of the traditional biomedical view of healthcare by including social and behavioural aspects and recognise that health is a continuous dynamic process influenced by context and social capital.
The team about Generation Care: ‘We map any intervention according to how it helps all members of society become either healthier, more self-sufficient, or both, thereby providing a common objective for researchers, practitioners, and key stakeholders such as health insurance companies.
Healthcare is an individual responsibility and, first and foremost, one of society at large. The Generation Care framework assists in finding countermeasures to forces that inhibit personal health and self-sufficiency, such as inequality and social isolation. It addresses the impact of medical interventional and preventative solutions, as well as social policies – from an app for medication reminders to Convergence flagships and from community healthcare service programs to educational reform.
We envision our framework to be a digital instrument used to monitor the status of individuals, communities, and society, promoting a culture of informal care. There are no quick solutions; it takes a generation to build a healthy and caring society. Generation Care leads the way towards a new health mindset.’