Patients: the least utilised resource in healthcare

Rebecca Aris interviews Lucien Engelen

Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre

We interview Lucien Engelen of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre on his project to locate automated external defibrillators with a smartphone, and the importance of including patient in conferences.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) can save lives by allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm. But how to locate them when they are needed to save a life? Lucien Engelen, from the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, has launched a project to identify your nearest AED with your smart phone, AED4EU. We decided to speak with him about this.

Lucien also tells us of his decision to stop speaking at conferences where there were no patients included, and how the patient is the least utilised resource in healthcare.

To listen to the full interview, please click on the play button below.


00:15 – Lucien’s current focus.

00:30 – Why Lucien thinks that e-health projects fail.

01:50 – Lucien’s thoughts on the Patients Included Act and why including patients in conferences is so important.

03:23 – In what ways crowd sourcing can benefit health.

05:15 – Lucien’s project to use smart phones to identify AEDs and what benefits this has shown so far.

05:55 – What Lucien thinks the future of healthcare will look like.

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About the interviewee:

Lucien Engelen has worked at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre as Head of the Regional Acute Healthcare Network since 2007. He advises the Executive Board in terms of changes in healthcare, enhancing the participation of the patients and their informal care in their own disease, working towards Participatory Healthcare. He is the Initiator and Director of the Radboud REshape &amp, Innovation Center in the Netherlands that makes and takes healthcare innovations into practice, or concludes them as (for the moment) not implementable. He is also the founding father and curator of TEDxMaastricht “The Future of Health”.

He initiated to improve healthcare and understand the options of crowd sourcing we’ve launched. This website allows us to collect geoposition data of AED’s by the use of public knowledge. This data is available on iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows mobile 7apps. Watch his TEDxMaastricht video and the video.

Find out about the Radboud’s latest project, Facetalk, here.

Why is it so important to include patients in conferences?