Digitalization of healthcare, for instance through virtual reality and artificial intelligence, is a rapidly increasing field. Nevertheless, not all initiatives are as successful to date.
In order to be able to actually improve health, healthcare and equality in health, Marlies Schijven (PI and professor of surgery with special attention to Serious Gaming, Simulation and Applied Mobile Healthcare) advocates for more research and collaboration in the field of digitalization of the health system. Schijven was the initiator of a new research programme, ‘Digital Health’, within Amsterdam UMC. She herself is studying how technology can better support hospitals, healthcare professionals and patients. One of her studies looks into the use of virtual reality for pain relief, instead of standard medication.