Modern-day society is rapidly advancing, and people can now live longer lives. This means we have a larger population with a higher average age. The consequence of this, however, is an increasing pressure on our healthcare system; we have an aging population that needs more care, healthcare systems with insufficient funding and workforce shortages that continue to rise. All these factors put the quality of care and patient safety at risk. Improving the current reimbursement model will help reduce costs and improve the quality of care. Hospitals, practices, laboratories and corporations will have to be proactive to keep up with competitors, new technologies, and patients’ growing needs. To deal with this, we need to focus on offering patients more personalized care, instead of a one-size-fits-all approach. Innovations in healthcare can provide unique opportunities to transform our society and keep healthcare effective, accessible and affordable to all.

On June 11, the nine Health Finalist Innovations of the Blue Tulip Awards 2020 will give their final pitch to convince the jury why they should be crowned winner. From the world’s first braille keyboard to a virtual playground for hospitalized children, these Health Finalists will shape our futures.


Diagnosis based on pulmonary function tests (PFTs) is very difficult, even nowadays, and often requires extra tests to be performed to reach a final diagnosis. With ArtiQ.PFT’s artificial intelligence to calculate disease probabilities, the accuracy of the diagnosis after PFT can be increased from 45% to 82%. This holds the potential to reduce the number of tests. ArtiQ.PFT also automates the description of the test results according to the international guidelines.

UV Smart B.V.

UV Smart’s latest product – the D60 – can disinfect endoscopes within 1 minute to a log-6 reduction, without using chemicals or liquids. When the D60 is implemented in healthcare facilities the turnaround time is reduced from 4 hours to just 15 minutes. This has multiple advantages: 50% less inventory necessary on a department, 50% less damages due to transport and handling, increased patient turnover, no more waste of water, process without harmful chemicals.

Hable Accessibility

Right now, blind people use their voice to operate their smartphones. However, this system is very inconvenient and seriously lacking privacy. That is why Hable has developed the world's first braille interface device for smartphones. This device gives a blind person the ability to control their whole smartphone and allows them to use it quicker. So far, their first customers have been super enthusiastic.

Ivy Medical

A familiar image in the hospital corridors is a patient with an infusion pole. The mission of Ivy One is to free patients from this obstacle by building a smart and wearable infusion pump. With their wearable infusion pump, patients can walk around freely, enabling better and faster recovery. Their ambition is to innovate the current infusion therapy market and to grow as a company to compete with big players in the industry.

CC Diagnostics

Almost one million women per year are falsely diagnosed for having cervical cancer, leading to severe psychological distress for the woman and an annual financial burden of €360 million per year for the European society. Implementation of the CC Diagnostics’ methylation assay will decrease false positives with 33%, will prevent emotional stressful periods for thousands of women and will save up more than €120 million of annual healthcare cost for the European society.

Nemo Healthcare BV

The Nemo Fetal Monitoring System: A revolution in comfortable, reliable and accurate non-invasive fetal monitoring. Making invasive monitoring virtually obsolete.


Regardless of whether you are a small or a large producer of pharmaceuticals, you'll need raw materials that are not always easy to find. The global market is ruled by strict regulations (which is a good thing) that made the industry very conservative, inefficient and non-transparent. Many traders take benefit from it. Result: Unnecessary high prices and shortages of medicines. Pharmaoffer give all pharmacists worldwide easy access to affordable high-quality raw materials.


PlaygroundVR is a virtual reality playground for children in hospitals where they can meet each other, talk and play together. It gives them a feeling of playing in a real playground and a way to forget their hospital environment and illness for a while. Up to eight children can play simultaneously and they can see each other through a virtual avatar in the environment.


Therapeutic unavailability with mental health problems is a common issue, clients can wait up to 28 weeks before treatment starts. Afterwards, a once per week session is often the most feasible with regards to frequency. This causes problems with waiting lines, costs and treatment. The solution is to offer autonomous VR therapy to allow a client to treat himself independently in-between the traditional 1-on-1 sessions.



Each of these Health Finalist innovations are undeniably shaping new boundaries, but only one can be crowned winner. Join us, digitally, on June 11 to find out which to find out who will become the Blue Tulip Awards 2020 winner.

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