drs. Y.Z. Lust

drs. Y.Z. Lust

Assistant Professor
drs. Y.Z. Lust
  • Central Diagnostic Laboratory

Research Programs

Circulatory Health



dr. Saskia Haitjema (1988) is an assistant professor at the Central Diagnostic Laboratory and head of the Utrecht Patient Oriented Database (UPOD). She studied Medicine and Linguistics at Utrecht University and obtained her PhD in Experimental cardiology in 2017. During her PhD she studied sex-differences in atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease using large datasets, as a first step in precision medicine.

Her current research focuses on improving diagnostics using data analytics to further personalize healthcare. She collaborates in multidisciplinary teams to address diagnostic problems inside and outside the UMC Utrecht, specifically using a unique set of routine hematology characteristics. The processing of routine care data into meaningful data to create value using the learning healthcare system approach is one of the cornerstones of her lab.

Between 2017 and 2020, dr. Haitjema co-lead the corporate Applied Data Analytics in Medicine program of the UMC Utrecht (now: Digital health department). She has supervised two PhD candidates (graduated 2017 and 2020) and currently supervises three. She obtained research funding from ZonMw, HealthHolland and participates in the H2020 ODIN on leveraging AI based technology to transform the future of healthcare delivery.

dr. Haitjema aims to actively connect data scientists, healthcare professionals and researchers and established a vibrant data science community in the UMC Utrecht in the SIG Clinical Data Applications of the Focus Area Applied Data Science of Utrecht University. She is involved in strategic meetings and expert panels on digital health inside and outside the UMC Utrecht. With the Dutch Ministry of Health she currently develops an AI development tool for healthcare, including legislation and state-of-the-art practices.

Side Activities

Product Owner 'Hulpmiddel Handelingsruimte', programma Waardevolle AI voor Gezondheid (Ministerie VWS)

Voorzitter van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Dans- en Muziekgeneeskunde (NVDMG)

Research Output (73)

Using real-world data to dynamically predict flares during tapering of biological DMARDs in rheumatoid arthritis:development, validation, and potential impact of prediction-aided decisions

van der Leeuw Matthijs S., Messelink Marianne A., Tekstra Janneke, Medina Ojay, van Laar Jaap M., Haitjema Saskia, Lafeber Floris, Veris-van Dieren Josien J., van der Goes Marlies C., den Broeder Alfons A., Welsing Paco M.J. 23 Mar 2022, In: Arthritis research & therapy. 24 , p. 1-11

Describing Characteristics and Differences of Neutrophils in Sepsis, Trauma, and Control Patients in Routinely Measured Hematology Data

Joosse Huibert Jan, Huisman Albert, van Solinge Wouter, Hietbrink Falco, Hoefer Imo, Haitjema Saskia 9 Mar 2022, In: Biomedicines. 10 , p. 1-10

Transportability and Implementation Challenges of Early Warning Scores for Septic Shock in the ICU:A Perspective on the TREWScore

Niemantsverdriet Michael S A, Varkila Meri R J, Vromen-Wijsman Jacqueline L P, Hoefer Imo E, Bellomo Domenico, van Vliet Martin H, van Solinge Wouter W, Cremer Olaf L, Haitjema Saskia 8 Feb 2022, In: Frontiers in medicine. 8

Hematological Ratios Are Associated with Acute Kidney Injury and Mortality in Patients That Present with Suspected Infection at the Emergency Department

de Hond Titus A.P., Ocak Gurbey, Groeneweg Leonie, Oosterheert Jan Jelrik, Haitjema Saskia, Khairoun Meriem, Kaasjager Karin A.H. 1 Feb 2022, In: Journal of Clinical medicine. 11 , p. 1-12

The Applied Data Analytics in Medicine Program:Lessons Learned From Four Years' Experience With Personalizing Health Care in an Academic Teaching Hospital

Haitjema Saskia, Prescott Timothy R, van Solinge Wouter W 28 Jan 2022, In: JMIR formative research. 6 , p. 1-5

Ambiguous definitions for baseline serum creatinine affect acute kidney diagnosis at the emergency department

Niemantsverdriet Michael, Khairoun Meriem, El Idrissi Ayman, Koopsen Romy, Hoefer Imo, van Solinge Wouter, Uffen Jan Willem, Bellomo Domenico, Groenestege Wouter Tiel, Kaasjager Karin, Haitjema Saskia Dec 2021, In: BMC Nephrology. 22 , p. 1-10

The incidence, mortality and renal outcomes of acute kidney injury in patients with suspected infection at the emergency department

Khairoun Meriem, Uffen Jan Willem, Ocak Gurbey, Koopsen Romy, Haitjema Saskia, Oosterheert Jan Jelrik, Kaasjager Karin Dec 2021, In: PLoS ONE. 16 , p. 1-13

GFR estimation is complicated by a high incidence of non-steady-state serum creatinine concentrations at the emergency department

Niemantsverdriet M. S.A., Pieters T. T., Hoefer I. E., Verhaar M. C., Joles J. A., van Solinge W. W., Tiel Groenestege W. M., Haitjema S., Rookmaaker M. B. Dec 2021, In: PLoS ONE. 16

Microarray testing in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus identifies a high prevalence of CpG DNA-binding antibodies

Brunekreef Tammo, Limper Maarten, Melchers Rowena, Mathsson-Alm Linda, Dias Jorge, Hoefer Imo, Haitjema Saskia, van Laar Jacob M, Otten Henny Oct 2021, In: Lupus science & medicine. 8

Defining the awake baseline blood pressure in patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy

Fassaert Leonie M, Heusdens Julia F, Haitjema Saskia, Hoefer Imo E, van Solinge Wouter W, van Wolfswinkel Leo, Bijker Jilles B, Immink Rogier V, de Borst Gert J 22 Sep 2021, In: International Angiology. 40 , p. 478-486 9 p.

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