Interview The Observer: how social networks can solve the healthcare crisis.

Lucien Engelen: how social networks can solve the healthcare crisis

Digital technology and community support can help to deliver affordable patient-led medical support

The Observer,

Sunday 4 March 2012

Engelen

Lucien Engelen is researching ways that new technology can improve healthcare provision.

Lucien Engelen is director of the Radboud REshape & Innovation Centre at Radboud University Nijmegen medical centre in the Netherlands. His work looks at how new technologies can change patient care models in the context of rising demand for healthcare, shortages of skilled staff and restrictive budgets. He is organising TEDxMaastricht “The Future of Health” on 2 April.

 

How could social networks be used to improve healthcare provision?

We tend not to use the biggest resource in healthcare – the patients themselves. So I’m trying to figure out possible uses for digital technologies like Facebook but also real-life social networks to improve healthcare provision.