Dr. Sil Aarts

Assistant professor | scientist | teacher | AWO-ZL | Maastricht University


Whether it is data sharing between healthcare organisations, assistive technologies aiding patients with dementia or technology aiding specialist in surgery, the digital and technological revolution is creating a paradigm shift in healthcare. For example, advances in data collection and storage, e.g. in the form of electronic health records or medical devices, have created tremendous opportunities for new discoveries within the field of health care. In addition, the increasing amount of available technological devices that support patients and their (in)formal caregivers are driving healthcare innovations. Health care research will have to reflect these advancements in technology.

Since 2018, I am working as an assistant professor at AWO-ZL, part of the Maastricht University. My research line is primarily focused on the use of data accumulated in long-term care for older adults. With the use of innovative, data-driven explorations we can increase our knowledge on quality of care, quality of life and quality of work in long-term care for older adults.

Questions that interest me and that are related to my research line:

In my current job, I spend half my time on research, and half my time on education. However, combining those two is one thing I really love. In this manner, I am a committee member of ‘Digital Technology and Care’. This committee is aimed at setting-up a new bachelor and master trajectory as part of the Health Sciences program. After the first introductory and general year, students will start the second year with this specialization. In addition, I am also working as a ‘linking-pin’ at a long-term care organisation. Here, I intertwine daily care practice with scientific with research.

On this website you will find, among other things, my portfolio and a list of my publications including downloadable PDFs or links to websites in case of online articles. In addition, also some of my datavisualisations are displayed here even as my blog posts.

Interests in keywords

Data-driven explorations (incl. text-mining), R(stats) (currently learning Python), Quality of Care, Long-term Elderly Care, Nursing Home Care, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research, Technology Acceptance & Implementation 🤖, Ethics.

You can also find my work @

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3121-412X https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sil_Aarts https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/s.aarts