Zorg Innovatie Forum

The Healthcare Innovation Forum (Zorg Innovatie Forum, ZIF) is an independent network organisation in the Northern Netherlands consisting of 21 healthcare institutions, healthcare insurers, NGOs, housing corporations and institutes for education and research. ZIF was founded in 2007 and develops a joint vision, stimulates cooperation, prevents fragmentation and creates economic sustainability. SMEs are challenged to participate in structural healthcare innovation and transition. ZIF connects health care providers, educational and research institutes, government and business. . ZIF is also program leader for the topic Care & Cure in the Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands (http://www.hannn.eu/).

ZIF's Keywords: connect, collaborate, stimulate, facilitate, joint vision, healthcare innovation, triple helix

Topics: eHealth, areas in decline, labour market innovation, serious gaming, participatory method on end-user involvement, Ambient Assisted Living.,

In iAge, ZIF coordinates the pilot project of two sub-partners (Oosterlengte and CMO Groningen) and is a member of the project team.


Oosterlengte is an integrated care organization in the East of the province Groningen and works in the municipalities Oldambt, Bellingwedde and Pekela.  Offering a wide range of care, Oosterlengte  operates eight nursing homes and a home care organization with over 1900 clients and more than 1000 employees, a meal service used by 1400 clients and a Member Service (for gardening, job services, pedicure, etc). In total, over 2100 people are employed at Oosterlengte.

The eastern part of the province Groningen is an economically weak region with a relatively low social standard, low level of education and high unemployment. As the largest employer in the area Oosterlengte takes its responsibilities seriously. The region is extensive, meaning that home care involves a lot of time and travel costs, which has financial consequences. In these unprofitable areas the shrinking population and rapidly changing demographics form a problem for healthcare delivery. The financial maintenance of a home care infrastructure in rural areas of economic decline will become increasingly difficult if no change occurs.

CMO Groningen

CMO Groningen is the knowledge centre for care, welfare and education in and for the province of Groningen. CMO Groningen focuses on reform and quality improvement in sectors such as care, welfare and education. CMO Groningen examines social issues, observes new developments and provides answers by developing and implementing innovative projects.

The strength of CMO Groningen lies in providing connections between authorities and citizens, between policy and practice and among people themselves. This applies to issues in terms of schooling and employment, reinforcement of youth work, as well as research and consultancy on behalf of companies and organizations.

CMO Groningen regulates the provincial coordination regarding family and informal care for the province of Groningen. Within the province there are 20 points of support for informal care and CMO's assignment is to support these. CMO Groningen also collaborates with the national organizations Mezzo, Movisie and Platform Hattinga Verschure.

Pilot iAge

Within the iAge project ZIF coordinates the pilot project being run by Oosterlengte and CMO Groningen. The pilot will provides a remote care concept to its clients and their informal caregivers in the form of a ‘screen to screen' application which enables older people to live at home independently for longer. This pilot will help to determine whether:

  • Oosterlengte can allow fewer home visits by their homecare staff;
  • CMO Groningen can support informal care givers with online tools or applications;
  • The ageing community can remain active in their social network.

If the pilot results are successful remote care will probably be included as a tool in a programme to combat the anticipated future staffing problems. Important aspects within this pilot are end-user involvement (clients, informal carers and staff), cooperation with other regional partners (e.g. local authorities, hospitals) and the quality of the connection (reliability).

Laatst bijgewerkt op 14 June 2012.