Minor in Healthcare Technology instead of Cyber Security

I am currently in my 6th semester of the study ICT Technology at the University of Applied Science in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This semester students are supposed to do a minor wherein we can focus on a secondary field of study or specialization as part of my undergraduate study.

Cyber Security

For me it was an obvious choice to do a minor in Cyber Security at the same faculty since this is the field having my biggest interests and I did not feel like changing environment again (after living at a military base for seven months for my internship and temporary employment at the Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands).

Unfortunately after two days my doubts about this minor and its quality were confirmed. It felt like a relational decision of my university to start a minor in the booming and in popularity increasing field of Cyber Security, all to attract new students instead of wanting to deliver quality education. Besides this minor didn’t seem to interest me at all. It primary focuses on monitoring and incident response while I prefer the more technical side like reverse engineering, malware, operating systems etc.

Healthcare Technology

When I was young I thought a lot about developing devices for the health or aerospace industry. Since I didn’t like the Cyber Security minor I decided to change to the minor Expertisecentrum Gezondsheidszorg en Technologie (EGT) meaning centre of expertise for healthcare and technology. Now I finally get the chance to experience doing something in the health and technology sector.

This minor primary focuses on development for healthcare products and research with end-users and external organizations like nursing homes.

The curriculum and project groups are split over multiple faculties where multidisciplinary collaboration is one of its most unique aspects. The following faculties are taking part:

  • Fontys Paramedische Hogeschool, Eindhoven (Paramedical)
  • Fontys Hogeschool Verpleegkunde, Eindhoven (Nursing)
  • Fontys Hogeschool ICT, Eindhoven (Information and Communication Technology)
  • Fontys Hogeschool Engineering, Eindhoven (Engineering)
  • Fontys Hogeschool Techniek en Logistiek, Venlo (Technic and Logistics)
  • Fontys Hogeschool HRM en Toegepaste Psychologie, Eindhoven (Human Resource Management and Applied Psychology)
  • Fontys Sporthogeschool, Eindhoven (Sport & Education, Sport & Wellness, and Sport & Leisure)
  • Fontys Hogeschool Toegepaste Natuurwetenschappen, Eindhoven (Applied Sciences)

Project result

Edited on 2015-08-16: During the minor we developed a product to measure and detect weight changes in patients with as goal to monitor fluid balance. My task was to design and implement the software for displaying the recorded weights.

Screenshot of Healthcare Technology project