Health Innovation Hub Ireland invites you to a HIHI Speaker Event featuring Jos Knaapen “the Innovation figure” of Isala hospital in the Netherlands

News | Posted on: 8 May, 2023

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About the Speaker

Jos Knaapen is the ‘Innovation Figure’ of Isala, one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands. His main focus is making measurable improvements to patient care while making work more enjoyable for everyone. The results are numerous: the first medical drone in the Netherlands took off into the air in a meadow near Isala’s hospital in Meppel, Isala won the Dutch TopClinical Innovation Award with a VR-education tool focussed on recognizing and discussing violence ‘behind closed doors’ and using VR glasses as a tool to distract and manage pain in children during procedures.

In 2019 Jos took on the role of ‘coordinator innovation’ for the Dutch cooperative alliance ‘mProve’, in which seven clinical hospitals are united in their efforts to make Dutch healthcare future proof. In May 2023 he started the mProve FUNxLab, in which ‘functional’ technology (with an emphasis on ‘FUN’) for scarce healthcare personnel is the main focus. The FUNxLab’s ‘modus operandi’ is exchanging knowledge and inspiration, scaling up those interventions with measurable positive effect on productivity and job satisfaction, and ensuring dialogue with industry, education and health care insurers on new technology to support the hospitals for the future.