Cees Hertogh, program leader of Aging & Later Life, has received grant of 7.7 million euros by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

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Prof. dr Cees Hertogh, APH researcher and program leader of Aging & Later Life, has received an important program grant of more than 7 million euros from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. This grant was awarded in light of the collaboration between the Universitair Netwerk Ouderenzorg of Amsterdam UMC, Verenso and the Nivel to improve (re)usage of healthcare data in geriatrics. The program targets unity of language and unlocking, bringing together, and better usage of data that is registered by geriatric specialists in the electronic patient file (EPD) in nursing homes. The project has started the 1st of November 2019 and will last until the end of October 2024.

How many people in the Netherlands stay at an psychogeriatric or somatic department in a nursing home? How long do they stay there and what kind of care are they given exactly? How much psychopharmatics and antibiotics are prescribed in a nursing home and for which indication? An objective, reliable and valid answer to these kinds of questions is currently lacking, whereas this data can be an important contribution to improving quality of care. The information of what care nursing home residents receive and the effectiveness thereof lays a broad-based foundation for future research.

To bring about change in the determined problem, three parties have joined forces: the Universitair Netwerk Ouderenzorg of Amsterdam UMC (UN0-VUmc), Verenso (the professional association of geriatric specialists), and the Nivel (Dutch institute for research on healthcare). They work closely together with Amsterdam UMC as leader of the consortium that is called ‘Learning of Data’. The grant has been given for a period of five years and the program will aim on more standardized registration of data (unity of language), providing more insight in relevant data for geriatric specialists, linking EPDs and electronic prescribing systems (EVS), and the development of a national infrastructure.

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