What is a node and what has it to do with health?

Florian Van Daele Uncategorized Leave a Comment

I blog on ‘healthnode’ giving ‘fuel to innovative health entrepreneurs’. But what is a node and what does it have to do with health?  This autumn, we have planned a number of fine extensions with healthnode; an ideal opportunity to explain what I mean by healthnode.

Technical geeks and nodes

People who love technology, computer science and mathematics know the word ‘node’ very well. It is frequently used to designate a connection point or node in a computer network.
Nodes are devices or parts of the network that can operate separately (e.g. a PC), but when they are all connected in the system they are stronger. The nodes allow a system to work, and they enable connections and insights from the structures. The term is also used in biology: here is a node the part where new leaves grow out of. Finally, in the world of blockchain, nodes are structures that ensure the security and validation of payments.

Our brains and nodes

Our brain is megacomplex and beautifully constructed. It is often compared to the internet or to a computer. Every substance, every connection and every part of our brain ensures that we can do or experience specific things – all of this happens in a split second and with only very limited energy consumption. Fantastic right! Nodes or hubs in the brain are larger areas or anchor points within the complex connections.

They are places within the brain where a great amount of knowledge comes together and connections are forged.

They are hotbeds of information, processing, action and feedback. And research shows that the strength of the nodes and hubs influences our memory.

From brains to health care

We know very little about our brain. Within the health care sector there is still a wealth of opportunities and need for knowledge that would make many disorders more understandable and treatable. That is one thing.
But there is also a link with the healthcare system itself: this is often complex and with little cooperation in nodes around the user. In order to meet new challenges,  such as an ageing population and chronic diseases, players in the health care system will also have to work more closely together to achieve better value and quality of life. Cooperation over and outside the entire broad healthcare sector will be needed. The choice of your collaboration (the strength of your node if you like) will make the difference for your result. And thus for your position within the healthcare ecosystem.

It seemed to me to be the perfect name

Nodes are hotbeds of information, but also criteria within a system that keep the multitude of information manageable. They make unexpected connections between information flows and make new combinations tailor made for you.

It seemed to me to be a perfect name for our project: to be your buddy in your healthcare entrepreneurship.

You want to grow and start innovations in health

You want to make a difference to the quality of life of many people. That is your dream and your ambition. I want to give you the tools, time and answers that will make you grow in health & care. Digital when possible: that saves time and you can use it whenever and wherever you want. In person, or blended if you prefer.

How are we going to do that? healthnode will be your buddy by:

  • regular articles and insights, with practical tips and examples: via the blog and the biweekly newsletter, and through the series ’31 days to health innovation’.
  • a digital health & care market explorer, so that you can keep track of and analyse your field of action: the business ecosystem
  • supporting the steps you take as an entrepreneur: the short coaching module where you can ask me questions and the 2-weekly podcast you can listen to, whenever and wherever you want. These latter two can be expected from us by the end of September 2018.

With healthnode, you can start, stimulate and grow your healthcare entrepreneurship to the fullest.