In 2015, the REshape Center for Innovation of Radbound University Medical Center was contemplating a hackathon to shake up their institution. Instead of going it alone in their local community, they chose to join forces with Hacking Health and play a leading role on a global scale. In 2016, with a bold vision to mobilize their whole nation around healthcare innovation, four Dutch University Medical Centers, – Leiden UMC, Maastricht UMC, UMC Groningen and Radboud UMC -, took their country by storm and created Dutch Hacking Health. For the first time ever, a ‘health hackathon’ was held in a nation-wide setting in multiple cities.
Not only is Dutch Hacking Health an enlightening example of collaboration and leadership on a broad national level, it fueled a nation’s efforts to improve healthcare.
The University Medical Centers made the Hacking Health events an official part of their innovation agenda. The chief judge on a national level was the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health, Erik Gerritsen himself. The Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers, called on all citizens to participate and take the opportunity to change the way care is delivered in the Netherlands.
Dutch HH is an initiative of four University Medical Centers: LUMC in Leiden, Maastricht UMC, UMC Groningen and Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre. It is a real “creative pressure cooker for health!”