The Health & Technology Convergence has wide-ranging goals. With this strategy, we want to define the future of health care together. This is a challenge rooted in the vision of the three institutions. It will result in focused activities based on collaboration. For example in stroke-related care. We look at the entire process: from the initial call for an ambulance to reintegration, sometimes years later. To optimise all that, you need many different kinds of knowledge: clinical, technological and societal. So that idea of a broad approach comes back here.
“The idea of solving major societal problems in this transdisciplinary way is not unique, by the way. It is happening in other places around the world. The real challenge is to deliver. It is always difficult for people to step outside the world they know, particularly professionally. Both the medical and academic worlds have their own cultures, their closed domains. Breaking through those barriers requires a vision and a long-term strategy. There is a considerable enthusiasm, both bottom-up and top-down, about making this happen. And in that respect, we are actually leading the world.”