Henk G.Sol, University of Groningen / Delft University of Technology


"eHealtheNough or pHealth: Providing COLLAGEN for Ennovations"


Short bio:


Prof. dr. Henk G. Sol is over 40 years a driver of engaged scholarship in the field of information systems and decision enhancement. With his school of nearly 80 completed PhD dissertations supervised and some 25 PhD dissertations under way, he is a major contributor to building the foundations of design science research in management and information systems.

In addition, he is responsible for the graduation of over 700 Engineering MSc and MBA students.All dissertations are based on theory development applied to tackle issues that matter in practice and are relevant to both developing and developed countries.

As founding dean he was responsible for the establishment of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology and of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Prof. Sol has organized numerous international conferences and workshops, of which the conference series on CRISand Dynamic Modeling have been seminal.He has published widely in renowned journals, edited many books, and given many keynote presentations all over the world. He acted as a consultant to many governments and organizations worldwide. He was founding father of IFIP TC8, 8.1 and 8.3, AIS and many  (inter)national doctoral consortia.

Henk G. Sol serves currently in various academic and professional roles: President of the Supervisory Board of Groningen Airport Eelde NV, Eelde; Director of Sol Information Management BV, Haren; Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Uganda Technology and Management University, Kampala; Chairperson of Stichting PAO Informatica; Consulting Professor of PBLQ, The Hague; and Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Communication and Development, the Hague.





Enhancing issues that matter is a major challenge in our ambient society, especially in the health domain: we have to navigate in the sea of information to deliver shared value. Agile, analytic, big, intelligent, smart, sustainable data describe the potential for decision enhancement.Processes have to be engineered accordingly to deliver shared value.

Many initiatives are taken around eHealth, but what is the impact of the many projects in terms of usefulness, usability and usage?

Studies on the effectiveness of eHealth may lead to the conclusion that eHealth is eNough. Many examples indicate that the patient is often neglected, that physical and decision processes are not looked into and that the technology is pushed, despite great development funds for e.g. eInclusion and Ambient Assisted Living.

Delivering shared value calls for: conversations to collectively identify locally relevant problems, governance to make political, administrative and business decisions about tackling such problems and engaged innovations to develop localized solutions.

The COLLAGEN (Collective Learning and Agile Governance Environment) approach provides a set of services for scoping, facilitation and enhancement of business processes, packed into decision apps and providing guidelines for conversational inquiry.The approach supports smart governance for business engineering and engaged innovations, and delivers shared value to resolve issues that matter in society, especially in health care and cure.

It is posited that innovations in health care demand pHealth for delivering shared value based on patient focus, personal intervention, process anchoring and participatory design.