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Pilot started with Atris 'Big Screen' in Amsterdam UMC location VUmc


The Amsterdam UMC has been experimenting for some time with the use of Atris motion sensors to promote physical recovery. So far, more than 100 patients were given a motion sensor before, during and after admission to their ankle that communicates with a smartphone app.

The first experiences are positive.

  • Patients are more likely to be able to contribute to a good recovery.
  • There is more insight into someone's level of activity inside and outside the hospital setting.
  • Personalized remote coaching is possible.

As of March 2020 a pilot has started with Atris Bigscreen in the 6B department of location VUmc. Big Screen detects passing users and provides real-time insight into the number of minutes they have been active and also informs them what is still needed to achieve their physical activity target of the day. This emphasizes and stimulates physical activity by both patients and Health Care Professionals.

The month of March will therefore be dominated '6B moves!'. For one month, the nurses, physiotherapists and doctors of department 6B will take up the challenge with their patients to achieve as many exercise minutes as possible.

Atris Big-screen in VUmc

The 'movement angle' of department 6B where patients and employees can read their movement minutes on the screen with physiotherapist Vinvent van Vliet (L), innovation manager Amsterdam UMC Edwin van Geleijn (R) and Peercode software developer Rick van Melis.

Amsterdam UMC Manager Innovation Edwin Geleijn:
“We first handed out the Atris sensors to colleagues over a year ago with the assignment: use these motion sensors and come up with ideas how we can improve the care for our patients and colleagues. This exploratory approach has yielded us a lot. For example: after a total of about 10 iterations, we developed a very fine 3-D printed ankle strap for the sensor together with Peercode.”

Amsterdam UMC Physiotherapist Vincent van Vliet:
“I find it very inspiring that nurses, physiotherapists, doctors and patients from this department are going to use Atris to become more active. We are very curious to see what this interaction will be like and whether they will stimulate each other in a positive way.”

Govert de Vries, director of Peercode the developer of Atris:
“It is inspiring to work together with Amsterdam UMC because they are constantly and with a lot of creativity thinking about how they can help their patients and their own colleagues to gain insight into their exercise activity and where necessary help them to become more active. They are also well aware that this requires an iterative process and that you can never develop the perfect solution all at once.”