What is happening in Virtual Health(care) ?
“For years we have been ‘pregnant’ of digital health, and now -during this impressive pandemic- it came to life, through a c-section”
…was my reply to a journalist when asked about this sudden uprise of e-health, where this all came from. Yes, there is an uprise indeed, and from what one could learn from the media a massive one. While many of us have to work from home, there is also this notion of the patient only going to the hospital in an acute situation. Might it be COVID-19, or a heart attack, really (possible) life-threatening events. For all those other momentarily non-acute conditions and interventions many of those were postponed. One can imagine professionals but also patients really wanted to stay connected with one and another, even though visiting the hospital or GP-practice or other healthcare-locations wasn’t an option. So in dire need tools that were already existing, sparsely used by some and debated by many, became some kind of a ‘lifeline’ with the outside world of patients waiting to be helped. In the absence of physical consultations the option of teleconsultations started to be explored by many health-systems (of not all) and professionals, often asked for by patients themselves.
Also, with a steep learning curve, the ability to measure and monitor patients (vital) signs remotely combined with teleconsultations became the de facto standard in many places. Turns out that there are many more patients and professionals to see the benefit, now the need is high, to explore and use these tools.
At a moment in time we’re at, wherein some countries there is some kind of relief and seems the first peak of COVID-19 has been passed, one could easily think to go back to normal. The opposite is true, however. The postponed healthcare will take months if not a year to flatten that curve. Let’s not forget that the healthcare systems were under fierce pressure before this COVID pandemic hit the world, maybe digital tools can help, support, relief and prevent worse for people living with a condition or in need of an intervention. Always as a tool, and not as a goal.
In my work in healthcare innovation over the past 15-20 years, I’ve learned the hard way that change is though and under normal situations often can take a decade, if not longer, to get things up and running.
Let’s take the lessons learned during these intense and impressive times and keep what was good for patients and professionals in the use of digital tools to make healthcare a bit more aligned with how we do things in the rest of society. Videoconferencing, access to your own data, sharing data with your bank or government has already become part of our everyday society.
On a daily basis, I’m currently been asked by governments, healthcare systems, and companies to help guide through the implementation, strategic-approach, and experience that I normally would share in a keynote or boardroom session. Something that is not really possible right now, other than with the use of technology like video conferencing (hence, haven’t seen anything more than my home-office in the past 8 weeks or so 😉and it also shows us we should rethink the way we work and live.
About many of the pathways, innovations, developments, and processes that I had the opportunity to be involved in in the past decades my book: Augmented health(care) tells a story that has increased in significance over the past months.
This book is about the digital transformation that healthcare is facing. It’s not a prediction, not a blueprint nor is it a manual. But it is giving some insights on what is happening to health(care) and how you might best prepare for the future that’s coming. It addresses all levels of healthcare like physicians, nurses, patients, family but also IT departments, administrators, and governments. As the world spins around at an ever-increasing ‘clock-speed’ regarding developments, this book already is outdated at the moment I’ll publish it. It is also a summary of the 175+ blogs I have written on his LinkedIn Influencer blog for the last three years with 830,000+ followers, which will also host updates on the things to come.
I thought it made sense to make it more accessible for many more so I dropped the price, and put the book in all of its forms on sale. And when you buy the color version you’ll get the e-book, right away, for free.
With embedded contributions, interviews and perspectives from Simon Sinek, Daniel Kraft, AnneMiek Vroom, Hal Wolff III, Bart Brouwers, Bart Timmers, Peter Bennemeer, Anya Kravets, Jules Lancee, Marco Derksen, Marie Johnson, Martijn de Groot, Chris McCarthy, Michiel Muller, Bert Vrijhoef, Rene Bleeker, Tom vd Belt, Claudia Rijcken, Maarten van Rixtel, Jörn-Ole Stellmann, Shawna Butler and Maarten Steinbuch amongst others.
“Entrepreneur Lucien Engelen has an extraordinary vision about the future of health and care. He was the first to conceive a TEDx focused mainly on patients, the first to declare that health conferences MUST bring patients, the first to innovate a medical school curriculum with patients’ advice. A man of insane energy, broad experience, unstoppable passion and clear vision, he has worked tirelessly to inject “patient DNA” into the future of medicine. Work hard to see what he sees. Help make it real.
ePatientDave, Dave de Bronkart, patiënt-activist
“He is too harsh on himself. The message of this book is not about the latest technology, but about broader themes. His first-row observations on the nature of digital innovation, organizational resistance and the still often-neglected effects of consumerization may (yet) lack scientific rigor, but more than makeup for that by their candor, hands-on learnings, and valuable insights.”
Daniel Kraft MD, Stanford & Harvard trained MD-Scientist, Aspen Institute Innovation Fellow. Medicine Chair Singularity University and Founder Exponential Medicine.
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Lucien Engelen is the former and founding director of the REshape Center for (healthcare) innovation (since 2010) at Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen The Netherlands. As of May 2018, he was appointed as Global Strategist Digital Health Edge Fellow at the Deloitte Center for the Edge, He is also core faculty at Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine in Silicon Valley (since 2011) and CEO of his own company called Transform.Health an expert in front-end healthcare innovation and a passioned and valued inspirational public speaker on the change of health(care).