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Peter Hinssen

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“Its the best of times. Its the worst of times.” Peter Hinssen quotes Charles Dickens to start his talk. What he means is that technology goes so fast that it becomes impossible to grasp. This gives opportunities and fear at the same time. People like Peter Hinssen are obviously very excited about all the technological opportunities. But a lot of healthcare providers are not, according to Peter. And that attitude is not without risk.

We tend to spend a lot of time on today’s issues. Tomorrow receives lesser attention. But the time spent on the future is nearly zero. That’s where the risk is. If we don’t spend enough time on the day after tomorrow, the transformation of an organisation is in danger. And if there’s one thing that days like Our Future Health point out is that these transformation is inevitably at hand.

If we spend enough time on the day after tomorrow we will see the changes ahead in what we know about ourselves, what we measure, how healthcare is organized, and how we treat patients. What’s the endpoint? Treating death? Peter leaves us thinking about that.

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Marcel Wortel

Eva Eikhout & Jopie Verhoeven

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It’s been said so often: patients must be included in healthcare innovation. Jopie Verhoeven and Eva Eikhout make this message reality. As chairholders of the Patient Advisory Group and Children Advisory Group of the Radboudumc they are involved in a lot of developments: from healthcare to education to research. They bring Roos (11) on stage who participated in the Coder Dojo where elementary school children learn to code. The message is simple: technology is already incorporated in todays health. If we don’t teach children to code, we will lose touch with the development of healthcare technology in the future.

This brings Jopie and Eva on the use of technology to make their lives easier. The possibilities are endless. But in the technological storm, we will also need ‘slow medicine’ as Jopie explains, because there should always be time to listen to the needs of the patients. The use of technology is not the same as automated care. It makes human care more powerful. And smart technology gives patients a growing opportunity to participate in society. As long as children continue to code, and know how to listen to the patient, the future is promising.

https://www.coderdojo.nl/

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Marcel Wortel

Neelie Kroes & Minister Edith Schippers

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Why not put our three technical universities together? That is a plea Neelie Kroes, ambassador of StartUp Delta makes in an interview at OurFutureHealth. She thinks that if university’s work together we can make the Netherlands the best place on earth for eHealth. The audience seems te agree with this idea, for the rising applause is very loud.

Kroes is interviewed together with the Dutch ministry on health, Edith Schippers. Schippers says we need eHealth for financial sustainability and that it is important to empower people. But healthcare is way behind other sectors, experiences Schippers. ‘I can buy roses online, but I still have pons cards for hospitals in my wallet. That’s technology of the fifty’s!’

Change will most likely come from the startups, both woman agree. Starts ups are ‘so fascinating’ Kroes says. Why is there not a Funda.nl yet for the healthcare? Entering the market of health is difficult admits Schippers, for he healthcare market is not a free market, so it is much harder to compete. Schippers says the government wants to fasten innovation.

Schippers expects much of the new generation doctors who will be uses to technology in all parts of their live. But for innovation we need first standardization and one language. Schippers encourages startups to include doctors and patients in their development, fort they know what they need.

The Netherlands are a top country in ehealth, but there is still a lot to do. Cooperation is the key, claims Kroes. Universities, students, doctors, nurses and startups should learn from each other.

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Karin Oost

Leon van Halder

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And we are off with an introduction of @LucienEngelen who introduces Leon van Halder, the chairman of the Radboudumc.
Leon starts with what drives him and the people at Radboudumc: Harry, one of their patients. Innovation is one of the important pillars to the future of patient care. Cooperation, Sharing and Acceleration: these are the three magic words for innovation. This day is an example to help in this by sharing the content for the next twenty four hours!
Lucien Engelen is introduced by Leon though of course he hardly needs an introduction anymore. Core of his talk is of course the patient. By creating and sharing knowledge we are able to improve care and health. Leon: what is your challenge? Lucien: startups are the driving force of innovation. Our challenge is. amongst others, to let Radboudumc be the biggest startup in healthcare.
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Yuri van Geest

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The tsunami of 2004. We all know the YouTube movies and recognize the dangerous wave, growing into an all destroying flood.

Yuri van Geest uses this picture for two reasons.
(1) First: the tsunami is a metaphor for our world today. Developments grow exponential. For example: the new quantum computer is 100 million times faster than the conventional computer. Or another example: in 20 years robots have taken over 80% of our current jobs.
(2) Second: the tsunami is about human nature. We try to understand new phenomonals with our own thinking.

Since 2008 Yuri van Geest is actively involved in the global movement of the Singularity. The Singularity University focuses on accelerating Technologies. More information on www.singularityu.org.

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Marcel Wortel

Jeeshan Chowdhury & Lindee David

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Lindee founded Joule, a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association. For Linda it delivers the dream job. The goal of Joule is to create innovation in the healthcare system and help advance disruptive ideas by physicians. Hacking Health, an innovation council are some of the activities they set up. Also, by supplying seed money they are able to help innovators bring the innovations to healthcare. Joule started a month ago so there a no real examples yet but there are great ambitions.
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What are the big ideas in healthcare innovation. Big data? For David the challenge is that there is a culture of “No, you can’t …”. HackingHealth is founded to create an environment where “No, you can’t” is changed in “Yes, you can try”. Until now there have been 50 Health Hackathons. These hackathons show to people that new ideas and change is possible.
After the final No there comes a Yes! – Wallace Stevens
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Piet Heijn van Mechelen

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Sixteen years ago I was sitting on the couch. Alone. Unable to work. No energy. Grumpy … Piet-Heijn van Mechelen pictures the audience his experience with his Sleep Apnea Syndrome. The first symptoms aren’t alarming, and look a lot like a serious hangover. But over time they get worse .…

And it took long to find out what it was. With a big impact on his life. “All because I didn’t know”. And that has to be prevented.
But that’s more easy said than done. He describes the Dutch Healthcare System as a triangle with very unequal corners: Healthcare Companies as big institutions, Physicians and hospitals as big players. And then patients: the Calimero’s. Small, and that’s not fair. And in the middle of the triangle a lousy 74.4 billion to be divided every year.

The Patient Academy aims to support patients’ organizations in their role as a professional partner in the Dutch healthcare system.

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Pieter de Winter

Lisanne van Zwol

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I’m not straight either, was a text on a flag Lisanne van Zwol and her collegeaus of kromkommer.nl were holding on the gayparade. The textline referred to a curved cucumber. This was part of a big campaign to lay focus on the amount of food that is waisted because of disapproved looks. Lisanne now owns a company that makes healthy products of these otherwise waisted foods.

She started a few years ago, just graduated as psychologist. With friends she collected disapproved food in her town. Within two hours her bag was full. How much food is my city throwing away? How much is the world throwing away?, she wondered. The answer: of every bite we eat, there is one bite being thrown away. She asked: How to make people fall in love with imperfect food?

That is the basic thought of her company. She had a dream to prevent food being waisted and made it into a success. One of the first experiments, soup of curved cucumbers, became a success. Shops wanted it on the shelves. So she starte a crowdfunding campaign to be able to really make more products, named wonkies. They are sold now in more than 170 shops in the Netherlands.

Cucumbers  may nog be straight, but the can nevertheless be delicious. For the audience she has a message: if you have a dream: start to work on it en keep believing in it. “You can make a difference”. She made a difference with cucumbers that weren’t straight.

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Karin Oost

H.R.H. Princess Laurentien van Oranje

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Why not put our three technical universities together? That is a plea Neelie Kroes, ambassador of StartUp Delta makes in an interview at OurFutureHealth. She thinks that if university’s work together we can make the Netherlands the best place on earth for eHealth. The audience seems te agree with this idea, for the rising applause is very loud.

Kroes is interviewed together with the Dutch ministry on health, Edith Schippers. Schippers says we need eHealth for financial sustainability and that it is important to empower people. But healthcare is way behind other sectors, experiences Schippers. ‘I can buy roses online, but I still have pons cards for hospitals in my wallet. That’s technology of the fifty’s!’

Change will most likely come from the startups, both woman agree. Starts ups are ‘so fascinating’ Kroes says. Why is there not a Funda.nl yet for the healthcare? Entering the market of health is difficult admits Schippers, for he healthcare market is not a free market, so it is much harder to compete. Schippers says the government wants to fasten innovation.

Schippers expects much of the new generation doctors who will be uses to technology in all parts of their live. But for innovation we need first standardization and one language. Schippers encourages startups to include doctors and patients in their development, fort they know what they need.

The Netherlands are a top country in ehealth, but there is still a lot to do. Cooperation is the key, claims Kroes. Universities, students, doctors, nurses and startups should learn from each other.

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Pieter de Winter

Daniel Kraft

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We’ve seen Daniel Kraft before. He’s been a speaker at previous TEDx events. This time he talks to us through Skype, since he’s in the middle of becoming a father and didn’t dare to leave home. As before his talk is difficult to grasp in a few words. What it comes down to is that technology will assist us more and more in healthcare. In conduction healthy behaviour, in point of care diagnostics and in smarter and cheaper interventions. All these changes are gradually, but the pace is increasing. It is the exponential growth of technology that drives the speed of change. Daniel shows us the wide range of possibilities, as he did before. The big question that remains is when these developments change from ‘geek stuff’ into everyday technology. Because that it will, is certain.

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Marcel Wortel

Blockchain in Healthcare – Jacob Boersma & Lucien Engelen

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Lucien Engelen drops the question: is it possible to use a new technology like blockchain in healthcare?

To answer it, we need to know something about blockchaintechnology. It is, in short, a safe way to exchange high valued information without interference of an intermediary and at much lower cost. A real challenge in healthcare these days!

After Engelen’s question, Jacob Boersma enters the stage, tied with some blocks on his left ankle. Together they show on stage, real time, a working blockchainsystem. A system where the patient is completely in control, after he logged in using is banking card and a random reader.

But why is this so different from other systems? And why don’t we have it already? Some of the reasons: all the transactions happen peer to peer, all parties can check if the data is still valid, there is no single point of failure and there is no system to hack.

Curious? You can try it for yourself: www.prescrypt.com. Join us to unchain the future of healthcare!

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Marcel Wortel

Rob Peters

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Assuring medical apps. Reference to easily access to getting your dna analysed. Every healthcare app should take security serious. Because all medical data becomes a risk when it falls in the wrong hands. Rob suggests that the success of health apps doesnt rely on shiny features, but on the security of the app. To ensure this, he points out seven guidelines:

  • risk analysis
  • encryptment
  • secure storage
  • best practices and guidelines
  • be transparant
  • keep your promise
  • documentation
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Startup VisitU – Stefan van Rooijen

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Things are coming together at Our Future Health. Another tall guy on stage. And another reference to De Efteling. As we’ve heard before, innovation is about connecting the dots. But two dots that still don’t connect enough are the patient in the hospital and his or hers home environment. Stefan van Rooijen developed VisitU to solve this problem. A virtual reality application which children in the hospital enables to virtually be in school, or at home. In the development of VisitU Stefan listened to patients very well, so he ensures that VisitU will be a true example of a sustainable startup.

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Nathalie & Ans

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Expressing our self is so easy. For the most of us. But not for everybody.

Ans Kilkens, PhD, is a speech-language pathologist. Her question: what to wish for children that can’t express their self? That they can speak and write. That they become literate. At the Sint Maartenskliniek (Nijmegen) they learn children, for instance with ALS, how to communicate. With Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), which can take many forms, this is possible. Although we know that still many children will not be able to become literate.

Nathalie Verstegen is also on stage. But the fact that she can’t talk, doesn’t mean she can’t communicate. She tells about herself using her Tobii computer with eye tracker. This gives her a voice. But still there are lots of technological issues. Like reading an email and at the same time responding to it. This needs the combination of two systems.

The insights of Kilkens and Verstegen are rewarded by a big applause from the audience. The last PowerPoint slide states:

My goal is to build awareness about augmentative and alternative communication.
Communication for everyone, anytime and anywhere.

Hear hear to that!

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Marcel Wortel

Casper Smeets

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Caspar Smeets is  outside trying to make a worldrecord. He has hung up a 140.000 euro car on clue made of dental material. This is his introduction about the necessity of health teeth. Or more beautifully said the secret behind the smile, as he puts it himself. The in Germany living dentist is worried about the health of the teeth. Tooth decay is the most common disease, he says. “One on three people have untreated tooth deca”.  Gum disease is the most chronic disease, he continues. “This is epidemic. Oral disease are stealth diseases.” Smeets thinks that there is a connection between oral health and health. He states that there is a link between strokes, heart disease and premature babies and bad oral health, he also shows a sheet that links oral diseases with 27 other diseases. Also he states that 31 percent of the worldpopulation has no acces to a dentist. “That is about 3.02 billion people”. Today he sees a lot of new technology and fancy tools to monitor heartrate, diet and sleep. But one is missing, there is no monitoring for the health of the teath. As a passionate dentist who wants to work on the future on health, it is a pity. So he wants to work  together with passionate people to improve oral health. So oneday, maybe the future of the dentisit will be drillfree.

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Karin Oost

Netteke Koster

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Netteke is a medical doctor and loves her job. but now she wants to quit because of Robert!
Robert is a special guy. He is a medical biologist in Leiden. He gathered a team to join Health Hacking (an event that brings together doctors, patients, developers and others together).
They started in in a small smelly room with 8 strangers. 9 people, 9 different background, lots of disagreement. At one point she wanted to strangle the Italian designer. But it was great to work on something bigger than ourselves. We created a prototype that better informs patients about treatments they will undergo. Sunday afternoon we showed our result to the jury and we won the first place in Leiden as well as in the Netherlands.
If you love you’re day job, don’t join a hackathon!
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Martijn Kriens

Nick Adkins

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Nick Adkins appears on stage in pink socks. As it appears about fifty percent of the audience is wearing pink socks as well! What is this? Atkins tells why. It is simple because he gave socks to the people who are visiting today OurFuturehealth. He started giving socks years ago when he was visiting Burning man, an week during event in the middle of the desert . There a man appeared to run out of socks, so Atkins gave the man a pair of himself. The man was very happy. That moment, Atkins says, he felt the power of giving. The power of giving is connection. If you give something you make real connection. That’s why he continues in giving socks away. Because he wants to spread a message: today there is so much cool technology about making a connection, but if there is no real connection between people,  or between doctors and patients, than all the technology is worthless. “So don’t forget to connect.” Let the pink socks reminds you of that.

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Jose Barrios

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The probability A happens if B also happens. What do diapers and beer have in common? Through big data it turned out that dad’s buy beer as well as diapers on friday evening!

Healthcare should also be able to use this big data. They started to collect lots of data on a specific kind of autism that can be used for all kinds of research. They can do this over the web by collecting responses to images and the speed that they react.

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Oscar Kneppers

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Oscar is often on stage talking about his company. Today he will share a very personal story. Exactly 14 years ago het got into an accident and into a coma. At that moment he was publisher in technology, always connected and always on the move. And now in the hospital through a stupid accident caused by euphoria, alcohol and bicycling on the wrong site of the road. Afterwards this turned out to be the best moment of my life.
At the hospital he found he was surrounded by the best people in the VUmc hospital. Surrounded by the best people to help my recovery.
“That night 8 people, amongst them my wife, were around my bed and had to make the decision. The doctor said: you have 5 minutes to make a decision to enter a trial that researches treatments for damage done to the brain.  Her question to herself was: what would I myself have wanted and she entered my unconscious me in the trial. She did not know if I would be in the control group or the real group. “Let’s try it”. Where magic happens is often outside you comfort zone, this was a definite case of “out of you comfort zone”.
At Rockstart we try to help entrepreneurs to grow their companies. We do that by surround them by the best people they can find, by instilling a “let’s try” culture to move things forward and by bringing them out of their comfort zone and into the magic place. A strong lesson to be learned from personal experience!
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Hans Flu

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Doctors sometimes encounter problems that are hard to interpret. Hans starts with a story where information on what treatment on a baby was needed that came to late. We have lots of medical technology but have a hard time connecting to each other. At their startup their are trying a create a LinkedIn, Whatsapp en education tool specific for the medical field. To connect doctors and patient in a safe environment.

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Janno Barlage

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Janno Barlages biggest frustration as a physiotherapist is how to make his skills accessable to his patients? He wanted that it would be easy for patients to be working on their recovery. “I beleive people want to have control of their lives.” In his startup-pitch he tells on what questions he had and how he started fysio24. It should be attractive and supportive and has to give acces to knowledge, skills and it must be esciting to work with. We want people to become masters of their recovery. So he developed Fysio 24. With this he can help people to engage and to make them feel proud.

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Shirlee Sharkey

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Shirlee starts with a story about a patient that got isolated. They were worries about the medical status but when they got in contact it turned out that she mostly missed coffee, sprinkled donuts and attention. This thought them the importance of attention instead of just focussing on the disease. In healthcare we are impacting people their live, if we spread happiness it will be spread further. 
One of the nurses often left a rose at the house of a client from her own money, some bought presents for birthdays. These small gestures often meant more to the clients than some of the expensive treatment. To give attention is to spread happiness and this is amplified and boosted.
They brought together all staff  (8000 people) to celebrate hope and happiness. We did not say “it is important you do this and follow these instructions”, we told them you are spreading hope and happiness. At this time they all received an email with the titel: “are you ready to spread happiness”. With this email they all received 25 dollars to spend in any way they thought convenient to spread happiness and pay it forward.
Sometime in care human connection is missing, we need to shift the orientation towards hope and happiness and not just on the disease.
In this there is also the story of the relation of Canada and Netherlands that is at the basis of this. When the royal family stayed in Canada during the war one of the princess was born in the hospital. After this a tradition was born that the royal family donates 100.000 tulip bulbs to Canada. The sight of these flowers still create a feeling of hope and happiness every year.
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Joep de Groot

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Joep de Groot is passionate about making startups to succeed. The boardmember of CbusineZ, loves working with startups for their enthusiasm. But not all startups make it. Therefore he treats the audience with a practical insight of  the essentials startups need. Despite some theories about the uselessness of businessplans, De Groot says all startups needs one. Or better said: all startups need a strategy workbook. In here, he says, you lay down your strategy and it will work as a workbook. It helps you sharpen up your idea and helps to create focus. A strategy workbook is especially in the healthmarket essential, claims De Groot. For the buyer is not always the user. Startups should know who to market to. Three basic elements should be in everery strategy book. These are:

  1. Stakeholders: map who your stakeholders are andwhat makes them tick
  2. Create activation approach: make sure your product is being used. “In healthcare it is not content but activation that is king.”
  3. Ensure that you have sales competence in your team. Sales is a competence that is often missing.

But most of all: be honest!

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REach, Rethinking Research – Thijs Sondag

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Apple research kit from Reshape. The potential of this platform is huge. They were able to get access to 8000 participants for some research in a week.
Apple research kit is not easy to use for everyone. For this Reshape developed REach. Through dragging and dropping it is possible to create a health research application and than find willing participants on the Apple Health Research Kit It can connect to a variety of devices like watches, scales and monitors. Researchers can than download the data they have received from participants willing to cooperate. A great example to facilitate the cooperation between patients and researchers on a scale we have not seen before.
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Iris Al – Maria Ritola & Anita Schjoll Brede

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Good ideas are great of course but they also need to be grounded in reality and preferable in science. To be inspired is great but you need background data and knowledge to be able to use these ideas in practice. Maria and Anita are building a system to search all relevant scientific information through a artificial intelligence solution: Iris.ai
There is an abundance of knowledge but it is in different formats, languages and locations: there is just too much information. Iris is to be the solution for these problems.
Until now It was not possible to access this information in an efficient mannier. But advances in technologie leads to new solutions. Three advances are paramount for this: progress in Artificial intelligence, Internet and communication making everything accessible with just a few keystrokes and access to scientific knowledge through open access.
Marita and Anita started with the TED talks that have been given and added scientific information to these talks, based on the transcripts of the talks. The AI assistent is able to zoom in on topics that are than related to open access papers. Iris is able to understand the topics and understand how these topics are linked to each other.
You can use Iris yourself and see even the results of the talks of this ourfuturehealth conference, check it out on the website. Also check out your favourite TED talk: https://ted.iris.ai
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Hans Schoo

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Former nurse and now head of curative care at the inspection.
There is an important development that is changing our world that is often described as the Internet of Things. However, things needs to be safe for patients of course. The safety of patients at the center of the work of the inspectorate. However, we do not want to put the brake on innovation but not he other hand we wish to ensure that an app for diabetes is really safe for diabetes patients, not a bit safe but really safe.
For the inspectorate openness and transparency is of major importance. The role of the inspectorate in this is to sometimes ask uncomfortable questions and the role of the healthcare people is to answer them. Together we can advance innovation in a safe way.
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Floortje Agema

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Grieve counselor Floortje Agema reads a poem she wrote herselve. The message of the poem is We care. The audience was impressed and listened quietly to the words she spoke and rewarded her with a big applause.

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