Software company Peercode from Geldermalsen - continuously innovating
Peercode - the software developer from Geldermalsen - has developed two new products in collaboration with various hospitals: the Operation Coach app and Atris, a combined app and smart sensor. These products should help hospitals provide better and more effective care.
Peercode has been inventing and developing innovative software solutions for almost 20 years. In the first instance this mainly translated into products in the fields of sports and healthcare. Examples include MyAsics.com for Asics (at the time the world's largest online running community) and services for KLM (healthy travel and work) and the ArboUnie (RSI-fitscan). In recent years, however, more and more medical projects and clients have also been added to their portfolio. For example in the fields of rheumatism and allergies. The step towards the hospital world was therefore logical. Operation Coach and the Atris bracelet and app are the first results of an intensive collaboration with various parties in this new field.
With the Operation Coach app, hospitals can inform their patients about an operation better. And better information should lead to better results. Throughout the entire process - before, during and after treatment - a patient with the Operation Coach app will receive tailored insights into what he she can expect, and what is expected of him/her. This is not possible using traditional information booklets. In addition, a patient can keep appointments in the hospital via the app and, if desired, easily share information with family and friends. The Operation Coach is the result of close collaboration between the AMC, the Sophia Children's Hospital, the WKZ in Utrecht, the Leiden University Medical Centre and the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven.
Atris is a combination of software (an app) and a small, lightweight device (a sensor) that can be worn around the wrist, waistband or ankle. The concept was developed by Peercode with the support of the Fonds Nuts Ohra. One of the main objectives of Atris is to make patients move around more during their hospital visit. Research has shown that during this period, adequate movement is of great importance for promoting their recovery. The next step will be to enable Atris to measure other things, such as heart rate, temperature and to detect falls. Ultimate goal: to allow people to live independently at home for longer, and to recover more quickly. We are quite determined to achieve this.
Govert de Vries, director and founder of Peercode, is enthusiastic about the collaboration with hospitals: "We always like to think - together with our partners and clients - about what is possible. You see, hospitals like to innovate, but they do not have the right expertise themselves. We can help with that."
The software developer from Geldermalsen is not ready in the medical domain for the time being. De Vries: "Much could still be improved in healthcare. There are not just opportunities for smart software. The combination of hardware and software, such as the Atris bracelet, offers more and more possibilities. We think about that a lot. Not only because we see the opportunities, but also because it gives us the energy to come up with new things, just like when we invented our game console, Swinxs.com. So this is only the start."
Colleague Joachim Jansen notes that finding good software developers is currently difficult. When asked why they choose Peercode, Jansen says: "They like to work in small teams, want to make an impact, want to keep learning, want to work for very large organisations as well as for smaller start-ups, and find it cool that Peercode also develops its own services. We always have room for good software developers."
See also the article (Dutch) Nieuwsblad Geldermalsen 28 June 2018