Bianca Buurman and her team at Amsterdam UMC are also working on the shift from hospital care to the so-called ++WijkkliniekA new care concept for frail elderly people who are normally admitted to hospital due to acute medical problems. It offers hospital treatment and recovery for frail elderly people in the acute phase in their own neighbourhood. Read more (in Dutch) (Neighbourhood Clinic) and on better support and recovery after hospital admissions, such as ambulatory geriatric rehabilitation and optimising primary care stays. Interestingly, the focus is increasingly shifting to data-driven working and the development of data-driven healthcare policy.
Bianca is also chairman of the professional association of Nurses and Caregivers in the Netherlands (V&VN). Combining scientific knowledge with knowledge from practice provides the perfect breeding ground for innovation.