Dr. Emiel Rijshouwer and dr. Els Leclercq have received a 'TU Delft, Erasmus MC and Erasmus University Rotterdam Open Mind Call 2021' funding for their new project called CHANGE! (Conscious Health dAta shariNg in movinG RottErdam!)
Whereas blood donation is a well-known, conscious and considered action, data donation generally is not. Therefore, citizens have little awareness of the data donated to health care providers, big tech companies and governments. They have no insights into the individual health benefits provided by these data and its potential consequences. With the CHANGE! project, Rijshouwer and Leclercq, together with researchers from the Erasmus Medical Centre, aim to change these societal patterns. Together with stakeholders they will engage in a design-driven research project in order to create awareness for data donation (data-sharing) and to co-creatively re-design alternative procedures and, therefore, simultaneously contribute to improving health and combatting disease, primarily focusing on cardiovascular (CV) disease on both a population-based and personal level.
Dr. Leclercq and dr. Rijshouwer obtained a grant for this project from the Open Mind call regarding the Convergence Health & Technology. TU Delft, Erasmus MC and Erasmus University Rotterdam established the Convergence Alliance in order to collaboratively do research to address complex societal challenges, amongst others in the fields of Health and Technology
Researchers with ideas for improving the world can apply for funding through Open Mind at the NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES). This funding is for surprising new research ideas in which technology is used to obtain applications with a societal impact.