For professionals, entrepreneurs, and other parties who have questions about health metrics, it is often difficult to get access to knowledge, facilities, or partners. This is why we set up LIME. It is a team of experts with different backgrounds in health care, ICT, technology, and business that is supported by industry experts. This team looks at all the questions and ideas that come in, gives advice about the most suitable follow-up process, and coordinates this process if required to.

HOW DOES LIME WORK?

LIME can connect parties with questions to relevant partners from LIME’s extensive network.

LIME also facilitates and supervises projects that develop innovative measuring products or processes. There are different ways of structuring projects available that are based on the principle of co-creation and that provide the possibility of testing products in living labs. The LIME team will gladly help you determine the project structure that is best suited to your question or idea.

  • With regard to some questions, we can give you free advice
  • We can suggest potentially interesting partners from our network for you to connect with.
  • We can employ students.
  • Other measurement questions require a much greater level of support.
  • We can have activities or research performed on your behalf.
  • LIME can provide advice on potential sources of funding, such as knowledge vouchers.

You will receive a proposal and an offer based on the exploratory conversation.

Which phase of development is your question or innovation currently in?

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Your question/idea about innovation in health care:



What can LIME do in the different phases?

LIME can give you support during every phase:

During this phase, we help you clarify what you want to achieve with your measuring instrument or measuring product.

  • What do you want to measure and why?
  • Which stakeholders including clients, health-care professionals, businesses, and the government do you want to involve in the process?
  • Which steps are required to validate and evaluate?

 

Here are some examples of supporting activities:

  • Finding and selecting measuring instruments.
    If you are looking for a measuring instrument, we would be happy to help you find and select the right one for your aims.
    Getting acquainted with the different measuring instruments. 
A ‘meet-boulevard’ (orientation event) is the perfect opportunity to see the broad range of measurement instruments on offer.
  • Checks in the health and working environment. 

    The Zuyd University of Applied Sciences prevention centre performs several checks for the improvement of health.
  • Stakeholder analysis. 

    We map the following: which stakeholders are involved, the ones who should be involved, the project requirements, and your chances. This can include environment and market analyses.
  • Inspiration sessions.
    Your measurement question will be assessed from several different angles.
    Literature research will be used to investigate prior research on your measurement question. This prevents us from repeating prior research and needlessly confirming established facts.
  • Proposals for a follow-up approach. 

    The action plan for subsequent steps will be determined.

Before a measuring instrument can be used in practice, it is important to verify that the instrument works on a technical level as well as whether it is usable and applicable in practice.

 

Here are some examples of supporting activities:

  • Feasibility studies.
    Your innovation will be tested in a lab or live setting to see if it meets technical and financial expectations. We will also map factors that may work in favour of or against the end users.
  • Writing a research proposal.
    Would you like to test your innovation or measuring instrument in the health-care industry? We can submit your application to the Medisch Ethische Toetsings-commissie (METC, The Medical Ethical Committee).
  • Providing guidance to start-up companies.
    We can advise you and guide you for the duration of the development process, from the proof of principle phase all the way to the design and test phases.
  • Proposals for a follow-up approach.
    Based on the exploratory conversation we can determine an action plan for potential next steps.

 

During this phase, a prototype or finished product is constructed that can be tested for validity and viability.

If you strongly believe that your innovation is effective, you will still need to collect evidence that demonstrates the practical added value of your innovation.

 

Here are some examples of supporting activities:

  • Validation studies.
    We will determine whether the measurement instrument accurately measures what it is intended to measure in real-life settings.
  • Process evaluations
    How will the measurement instrument be used in practice? What are the experiences of the end users? Does the collected data assist in providing health care or does it contribute to the patient’s own control over their circumstances?
  • Impact evaluations:
    We will investigate the large-scale effects of the measurement instrument on predetermined outcome measures.
  • Data-analyses:
    LIME offers support for more complex analyses that involve large amounts of data. Proposals for a follow-up approach. Based on the exploratory conversation we can determine an action plan for potential next steps.

You may want to use your measurement instrument or collected data in practice.

This requires excellent preparation, insight into factors that may work in your favour or against you, and cooperation with stakeholders. We will determine a suitable implementation strategy based on these factors.

 

Here are some examples of supporting activities:

  • An analysis of factors that can work in your favour or against you.
    We will use scientific implementation models to map the factors that can work in your favour or against you.
  • An implementation plan. 

    We will select and develop the strategies based on the most significant factors.
  • Coaching and education.
    You will receive education and coaching tailored to you to help you implement and use the measurement instruments in practice.

You may want to successfully market your measurement instrument or product.

Or perhaps you would like to know how your innovation is performing after its introduction. Your innovation might not work as expected for certain target groups, or perhaps you discovered new potential target groups.

 

Here are some examples of supporting activities:

  • Stakeholder analysis.
    We map which stakeholders are involved or should be involved in a market launch and/or scaling up.
  • A marketing and communication plan.
    We will help you write a plan that analyses your product’s proposition and impact.
  • Establishing a business model.
    You will use the business model canvas to visually explore which factors will play a part in your business model.
  • Demonstrator projects:
    LIME supports businesses and entrepreneurs during the marketing and release of their measurement product. This includes close cooperation with existing initiatives such as Limburg Economic Development (LED), the Limburg Development and Investment Company (LIOF), and the Brightlands Innovation Factory.