Crdl wins National Healthcare Innovation Award 2018

Nijmegen, 16 March 2018 – Crdl is the winner of the National Healthcare Innovation Professional Jury Award 2018. The results were announced during the annual Health Valley Event in Nijmegen. Dennis Schuivens, one of the designers of the Crdl: “This is fantastic. Thanks to this award, the Crdl will soon change even more people’s lives. ”

The professional jury, made up of a number of leading healthcare innovation professionals, was unanimous about the decision. “The Crdl is an innovation that contributes to the promotion of communication between patients and their environment or care providers and is unique in its kind,” said jury member Nico van Meeteren, director of the Top Sector Life Sciences and Health.

Contact by touch

The Crdl (cradle) is an interactive care tool, intended for people who have difficulty with communication and social interaction. For example people with dementia or people with an intellectual disability. The wooden instrument has two large felt touch surfaces in which a conductive wire has been incorporated. When two people put their hand on the CRDL and then touch each other on the skin, a closed circuit is created. What follows is sound ranging from a babbling brook, a train, the sea or a church tower. The variation arises from the changing way of touching each other. This evokes memories or emotions that lead to mutual connection and contact. This creates a new form of human interaction. A conversation, even if people cannot find the right words for a moment.


Crdl will receive a sum of € 10,000, support with further development and access to the network of Stichting ZorgInnovatie Nederland. Schuivens and Chen, designers of the Crdl: “We are very happy with the recognition, but the greatest value for us lies in the ‘attention to attention’. Hopefully, this extra awareness will help clients and family to have real contact with each other again. ” 


The Crdl was shortlisted at the beginning of this year, along with nine other nominated healthcare innovations. All ten nominated innovations make patients’ lives easier. The public award went to Abena Nova.

About CRDL

The Crdl (cradle) is an interactive care tool that translates contact between people into sound. This makes new contact possible for people who have difficulty with communication and social interaction, such as people with dementia, autism or an intellectual disability and their environment. The Crdl has previously won other titles, such as HeldCare 2017, the Purpose Award 2017, NRC Live Moonshot Startup 2017 and NRC Live Care Technology Startup 2016. The innovative instrument is now used at more than three hundred and fifty care locations.