Prof. Helianthe Kort

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Function: Professor
Research Group: Technology for Healthcare Innovations


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Prof. Helianthe Kort Kort was appointed in 2004 as Professor of Demand-driven Care. Since 2011, she has also been a part-time professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). On 12 October 2012, she delivered her inaugural speech. Prof. Kort studied Biology, at Utrecht University (UU), specializing in medical biology.

Using technology

Technology is creating many new options in healthcare. This is what drives Helianthe Kort in her work. The ageing population is creating a shortage of capacity in healthcare. People are ageing and need care for longer and there are fewer people to provide care. The sick and the elderly also have different care requirements; many people want to make more decisions for themselves and to live at home for longer. At the same time, technology is developing rapidly. This is creating opportunities, but also limitations. Kort helps to generate knowledge in this area through the research work of her research group, so that professionals can continue to provide good care.

Task reallocation

Another focus of Helianthe Kort’s work is task reallocation. Technology is allowing healthcare professionals to take over certain tasks from doctors. They can carry out certain protocolized tasks, under the supervision of a physician. By appointing a Physicians Assistant, for example, it is possible to relieve capacity shortages and rising costs in healthcare.


Prof. Kort is an expert in the influence of technology on the work of healthcare professionals and their clients. This includes activities such as IT, but also physical or architectural aspects, such as light, heat, moisture and sound. These have a direct bearing on the welfare of hospitals users, for example. 

  • 2011 - present day: Professor at the Faculty of Architecture of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) holding the chair in Building Performance, Building Healthy Environments for future users. Research and supervision on the design of buildings with the starting point being the relationship between the environment and the opportunities and needs of the user.
  • 2004 - present day: Professor in Demand-driven Healthcare at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. 
  • 2006 – 2009: Programme Manager for Quality of Healthcare and Technology & Accessibility at Vilans, specifically for long-term care, eHealth and ‘Ageing-in-place’.
  • 2004 – 2006: Head of Quality of Care at the NIZW.
  • 2004: Helped launch the Healthcare and Technology research group network.
  • 2001 – 2004: Head of Department for Healthcare and Professionals at the Dutch Institute for Care and Welfare (NIZW).
  • 1997 – 2001: Programme Coordinator Care at the NIZW.
  • 1995: Project leader at the Faculty Working Group for Biomedical Health Technology (BMGT) at TU/e.
  • 1994 – 2000: Consultant and researcher in the field of Housing and Health. 
  • 1994: PhD at TU/e on the theme of structural allergological housing sanitation.
  • 1987 – 1994: Additional researcher within the Interuniversity Working Group for Housing and Health (TU/e Faculty of Architecture and Utrecht University, Faculty of Medicine).

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