Supporting Health by Technology

May 12 & 13, 2022   |   MARTINI PLAZA - Groningen



 Dear colleague,

The Health Psychology group of the University Medical Center Groningen and the Centre for eHealth & Wellbeing Research of the University of Twente, are proud to present the 11th edition in the successful ‘Supporting Health by Technology’ series. It is great that after two years, in which we had to shift to online meetings, it is again possible to organize it in person. The conference will be held May 12-13, 2022, at MartiniPlaza in Groningen.

The aim of the conference is to discuss together the progress in the development of eHealth interventions and introducing new methods and models concerning the use of technology to support health. We have two keynote speakers: Dr. Nana Folmann Hempler (Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen) & Dr. Olga Perski (London). Participants will have every opportunity to meet and discuss with colleagues from research, health care, policy, and innovative businesses.   

 We are looking forward to welcoming you in Groningen!

 On behalf of the organizing committee,

 Prof. dr. Mariët Hagedoorn 

Prof. dr. Robbert Sanderman



Click on the Friday tab to see the program on the second conference day.


10.15 - 11.00

Welcome & Registration

11.00 - 11.30


Prof. dr. Mariët Hagedoorn & Prof.dr. Stephanie Klein Nagelvoort-Schuit

11.30 - 12.15

Keynote lecture: Equity in digital chronic disease management: what are the pitfalls and how do we overcome these?

Dr. Nana Folmann Hempler

12.15 - 13.30

Lunch break

13.30 - 14.45


Session 1


Room 1

The development of mantelzorgbalans – a digital tool to support caregivers of a palliative loved-one (demo)​

Anne Looijmans​

Using a Social Robot to Improve The Quality of Life (Demo)

Sanja Balalic​

Sightwalk: a mobile route planner app for people with visual impairment (demo)​

Wouter Keuning​

Detecting clinical deterioration in COVID-19 patients using continuous monitoring (presentation)

Guido Peters​

Session 2

Artificial intelligence


The acceptance of a social robot in rehabilitation care​

Marian Hurmuz​

Clusters of medical specialties around patients with multimorbidity – employing fuzzy clustering to explore multidisciplinary collaboration

Liann Weil

Designing for appropriate trust in artificial intelligence: making machine learning usable for radiologists​

Rosa Verhoeven

Creating trust in machine learning tools: a case study in diagnosing endocrine disorders using urine steroid analysis​

Eline N. Meijer

Session 3

eHealth for chronic care

Room 2

Improvement of the upper limb function after a home-based assistive-device training for chronic stroke patients

Samantha Rozevink

The development of an eHealth intervention motivating patients with a low socioeconomic position during cardiac rehabilitation

Jasper Faber

Alerts for medication (relatively) contra-indicated in patients with diabetes mellitus: implementation in primary care information-systems

Emma J de Ruiter

Usability of smart visual assistant (alexa) to monitor adherence in chronic patients: preliminary results

Emanuele Tauro

14.45 - 15.15

Coffee break

15.15 - 16.00


16.00 - 17.15


Session 4

Symposium: Point of Care Diagnostics​

Room 1

Modern Times in Point of Care Diagnostics

Wolter Paans

Point of care testing of insuline for early detection of type ii diabetes

Martin Bennink


Marieke Hettinga

Session 5

eMental Health


Trends in Daily Heart Rate Variability Fluctuations Are Associated with Longitudinal Changes in Stress and Somatisation in Police Officers

Herman de Vries

Development Process of an Internet-Based Intervention for the Prevention of Postpartum Depression

Pamela Franco

Individual-specific changes in circadian rest-activity rhythm and sleep in symptom-free patients tapering their antidepressant medication

Olga Minaeva

Session 6

Development and evaluation approaches

Room 2

Using engagement to personalize digital health interventions: a pilot experiment

Saskia Kelders

From theory to app: Participatory development of self-control training for vulnerable target groups

Hanneke Kip

Adoption of eHealth for outpatient geriatric rehabilitation

Laurence Alpay

Lessons learnt from daily use by end-users and contact tracing employees on the CoronaMelder. A mixed method study using email analysis, an online panel and remote interviews.​

Jan-Willem van 't Klooster​

19.00 - 22.00

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will take place in restaurant WEEVA, at the Gedempte Zuiderdiep 8-10 in Groningen (


Presented on Thursday May 12 between 15.30 - 16.15 hrs
Effectiveness of Telemonitoring for Respiratory and Systemic Symptoms of Asthma and COPD: adding an educational component might improve results

Lizayra Dassen

Improving implementation of e-health applications: applying the Nasss framework to an advance care planning tool

Maud Schreijer

Take control: Can a self-control training app improve the effectiveness of psysical activity interventions in people with severe mental illness?

Tahnee Heirbaut

Requirements for Machine Learning and AI in Healthcare: Preliminary results

Iris ten Klooster

Virtual Reality and social training skills to adults with epilepsy and intellectual disabilities

Ybranda Koster

The mediating effects of digital skills on psychosocial health factors

Charlotte Griffin

The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the attitudes towards and use of health technology in the Northern part of The Netherlands: a longitudinal study

Dirk Postma

IJ-lab: less assumptions, more research

Maaike Meurs

Mydiamate: Implementing self-guided web-based support for mental health in type 1 diabetes.

Jiska Embaye

Implementation of the diameter app in primary diabetes care: Perspectives of patients and healthcare professionals

Eclaire Hietbrink

A gamified eHealth intervention to improve lifestyle in nafld-patients: Results of a needs assessment study

Sharon Oude Veldhuis

Successfully implemented eHealth technologies to support informal care: a multiple case study

Sofia Bastoni

Patients’ perspectives regarding home-based telerehabilitation using an assitive device for the upper limb after stroke

Anne Spits


08.45 - 09.15

Welcome & Registration

09.15 - 10.30


Session 7

Ethics, attitudes and the use of digital technologies

Room 1

The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the attitude towards and use of health technology in the Northern part of the Netherlands: a longitudinal study.

Job van 't Veer

Ethical review procedures in international internet-based intervention studies

Anne Looijmans

Beating cancer related fatigue with the Untire mobile app: results from a waiting listed randomized controlled trial

Simon Spahrkäs

Session 8

eHealth for chronic care


Issues and needs towards an eHealth tool to support young adult caregivers: A usability study

Srishti Dang

Online and Offline Behavior Change Techniques to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle: A Qualitative Study

Daniël Bossen

Early cerebrovascular autoregulation in neonates with congenital heart disease

Celina Brunsch

Critical decision making in surgical necrotizing enterocolitis analyzed: surgery or comfort care

Otis C. van Varsseveld

Session 9

ePublic Health

Room 2

Process evaluation of the Dutch COVID-19 QR code app: an example of citizen science

Bart Noort

Predictors of Contact Tracing App Adoption: Integrating the UTAUT, HBM and Contextual Factors

Nynke van der Laan

E-health developments during the covid-19 pandemic, findings from the literature and empirical research

Ella van Vliet

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 - 12.15


Session 10



Stimulating Healthy Behavior: The Development of a Modular E-health Platform (Demo)

Josje Schoufour

Beating cancer fatigue with the Untire app – (demo)

Simon Spahrkäs

The Open Digital Health: Making digital behaviour change interventions open, scalable and accessible for all

Robbert Sanderman

Secondary findings of a scoping review into the evaluation of serious games for healthcare professionals

Gido Hakvoort

Session 11

Development and evaluation approaches

Room 1

Classification of paediatric movement disorders using freehand single camera video recordings of gait

Wei Tang

Best-practices for participatory design involving people with severe mental illness for emental health interventions

Stephanie Schouten

Inclusive Approaches in the Design, Development and Implementation of eHealth for People with Intellectual Disabilities​

Julia van Calis

The societal impact of social robotics in rehabilitation care assessed by means of the sroi-method

Stephanie Jansen-Kosterink

Session 12

Virtual Reality

Room 2

Training healthcare professionals in Movement-oriented Restorative Care using VirtualReality Simulations: Effects and user-experiences

Job van 't Veer

Using VR to train paramedics to perform triage in complex situations​

Paul Vogt​

Extended Reality for Enhancing Preoperative Patient-Reported Experiences: A Systematic Review​

Jesse He

Transferable Therapy: Virtual Reality Mirror Therapy at Home​

Loes Bulle-Smid

12.15 - 13.30

Lunch break

13.30 - 14.15

From static to dynamic tailoring: realising the potential of digital health interventions

Dr. Olga Perski

14.15 - 14.45

Coffee break

14.45 - 16.00


Session 13

Development of digital solutions


Development of a Preliminary Model for Co-creation of Antenatal Digital Self-Monitoring Services: A Mixedmethod examination from a sociomaterial perspective

Jennifer Auxier

Needs assessment, development and trial design of an internet-based mindfulness-based couple intervention targeting cancer-related fatigue

Fabiola Müller

Developing a mobile application for assertiveness development through co-creation with student nurses

Ivo Bril

Digital smoking cessation intervention for cancer survivors: associations between participant characteristics, engagement and outcome

Rosa Andree

Session 14

eMental health

Room 1

WACHT@CTIEF: a minimally guided self-help ehealth program for individuals waiting for mental health care

Sanne Booij

Design your life: a toolkit that helps young autistic adults create their own supportive technologies

Niels van Huizen

Developing an eMental Health monitoring module for older mourners using Fuzzy Cognitive Maps

Lena Brandl

Session 15

Development and evaluation approaches

Room 2

Cognitive Bias Modification against fatigue in different patient populations. User acceptance and preliminary effects

Jody Geerts

Developing and Validating a New Scale to Evaluate Technology on Compassion

Charlotte van Lotringen

A human-centered design approach for an unobtrusive breastfeeding parameter assessment device for young infants

Sigert Mevissen

Toward a conceptual framework of data-driven healthcare ecosystem: a systematic literature review

Anna Żukowicka-Surma

16.00 - 16.30

Awards & Closing

Prof. dr. Mariët Hagedoorn

16.30 - 17.00



Dr. Nana Folmann Hempler
Equity in digital chronic disease management: what are the pitfalls and how do we overcome these?

Dr. Hempler will present lessons learned from digitally supported health interventions aiming to improve access to and coordination of care in chronic disease management targeting hardly reached groups. The presentation will address how uptake and engagement potentially can be increased by using co-design approaches, including collaboration with end-users and organisations throughout the process of intervention design and testing.

Dr Nana Folmann Hempler is a research group leader at the Health Promotion Research unit at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, Denmark and president of the Danish Society of Public Health. Nana has expertise in developing, testing and dissemination research-based interventions focusing on providing sustainable care and health promotion for people with or at high risk of type 2 diabetes. Her research focuses on hardly reached groups and include complex interventions, implementation research, digital public health and design-based research where solutions are developed and implemented in collaboration with end-users and other stakeholders. She leads an active consumer program in the Danish Island Bornholm. This research investigates implementation and evaluation of a largescale digital intervention aiming to increase access to care for people with multimorbidity. 

Dr. Olga Perski
From static to dynamic tailoring: realising the potential of digital health interventions

The tailoring of intervention change strategies or delivery features according to characteristics of a single individual have long been part of the behavioural scientist’s toolkit. However, recent research drawing on technology-mediated assessments of behaviours, cognitions, and emotions in people’s daily lives highlights that many health behaviours are complex – i.e., they fluctuate over time, differ from person to person, and are influenced by several factors (e.g., weather, time of day, motivation, stress). This presentation will provide a discussion of i) why dynamic tailoring is poised as important for improving the effectiveness of digital health interventions, ii) what methods are currently used to enable dynamic tailoring within, for example, just-in-time adaptive interventions, and iii) what key questions remain to be addressed in order to safely and effectively deliver dynamically tailored digital health interventions that people want to engage with.

Dr Olga Perski is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of behavioural science, public health, and technology. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at University College London. Her work is focused on the development, optimisation, and evaluation of interventions for smoking cessation and alcohol reduction delivered via smartphone apps, chatbots, virtual reality, and in hybrid human-digital format. She is interested in the technology-enabled, real-time assessment and modelling of within-person processes and the development of just-in-time adaptive interventions. In fall 2022, she will begin a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship to develop a dynamic computational model of lapse risk in smokers attempting to stop, splitting her time across UC San Diego and Tampere University.

Conference Participation

€ 225

Particpation Thursday & Friday

Coffee breaks & lunches

Certificate of attendance

Conference dinner

€ 35

Dinner buffet Thursday evening

Coffee & Dessert

Drinks during dinner


MartiniPlaza Groningen

Leonard Springerlaan 2
9729 KB Groningen
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The conference will take place at MartiniPlaza Groningen, conveniently located at a short bus ride from Groningen Central Station and in close proximity to both the highway and city centre.

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