It is at the intersection of technology and patient empowerment, which is where Lucien Engelen (1962), director of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre REshape Center and advisor to the Board of Directors (since 2007) feels most at home. The two worlds combined into the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre and Singularity University in Silicon Valley & the Netherlands and in the Nordics, his modus operandi is always challenging, sometimes provocative but always techno-realistic. Writing on a new book that will be titled "Augmented Health(care)™ : The end of the beginning" (May 2018, Barcelone Spain) as he thinks we're at the end of an era of creating awareness, pilots, proof of concepts etc in the digital transformation of health(care). More on that on, his Linkedin Page has over 750.000 followers. He is Faculty Global Health(care) & Medecine since 2011 at Singularity University's Exponential Medicine in the US and in the Netherlands.
I’ve been writing and talking about digital humans for some time now, strongly and assured they will enter our lives sooner than we expect. The other thing that keeps me thinking is the impact it will have on a number of aspects in society.
Jobs, jobs and jobs. Politicians and news outlets talk and write a lot about jobs. The creation of it, the loss of jobs, and how they want to create more in agriculture, in IT, in logistics and even in coal mining (somebody pinch me please). News items, policy makers, governments air statements about the ambition to boost jobs in steel, agriculture, logistics, technology are great and needed.
That could be the tagline for the newly announced. AC Wellness medical practice, Apple’s latest step in(to?) health(care). “AC Wellness is an independent medical practice dedicated to delivering compassionate, effective healthcare to the Apple employee population,” states the very skinny website. The week prior this announcement Amazon, Berkshire and JP Morgan (not to my surprise) announced a similar entry into the market of employers with the ambition of serving their (1.1M) employees themselves with a health(care) and wellness initiative.
I’m really used to it by now: voice commands to my computer, to my watch, to my car while driving and answering messages and at home. We're all getting more and more used to voice in our smartphone, in our car and even on our watch and most of all in our homes. Talking to computers is booming (business) meanwhile shifting power in the corporate world as well.
The Ugly? So we all know healthcare costs are a big burden. High cost, probably a fair amount of increase in demand and most likely within the same if not a declining budget. Being dominantly a system that fixes things as opposed to preventing things to happen, it is also one of the few (last ?) sectors where the processes are built around the professionals instead of around the ones who need the 'service.'
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