Project Update, Urbancooker live in the Air!

Understanding the dutch health system seems a major difficulty. But with the right explanation you might think differently.

In the last couple of months we spend our evenings wisely: building HealthExplainer. In different languages and with a new approach we explain the system correctly. Today the MVP of the healthexplainer website is live!  Check it out and help us improve! Hurrah!

Project Update

Vital10 – A doctor for everyone – everywhere

Today I started a new endeavour. As managing innovator of Vital10 I am commited to the further development of the Vital10 application and the connection to the market. We work on a platform that makes it possible to monitor patients remotely, whether they are at home or on the other side of the world.

Patients and health care professionals have access to a secure medical record that includes, medical and treatment information but also data retrieved from (sport)wearables. Within the application patients have the opportunity to discuss their health record by phone or videoconference with a specialist.
The application will reduce health care costs and bring patient-centered-care to the next level.


Project Update, Urbancooker

Urbancooker – wearable project

More than 100 years ago we strapped camera’s to birds (mainly pigeons). In my opinion that was the birth of wearables as we know them today. Nevertheless, we had to wait until the mass production of microchips and the rise of inventor Steve Mann before the first ‘wearable’ was reality. The next step in the evolution of wearables was just before 2000. Companies launched sport apps and new devices for sport Geeks. From 2000 onwards the wearable market evolved steadily. And with combination of sensor data and predictive modelling the implications for society are huge.

Therefore I was very interested in a new Urbancooker project to help an international corporate. – unfortunately I can’t disclose the name –. They want to enter the Dutch consumer market with a new wearable and health proposition. Last month we finished the project and despite the market is not completely ready for implementation, the plan and the product are! It’s for sure great things are coming; “The last 20 years wearables evolved steadily, the next 20 years they will come fast.


Health and wearables?

 The wearable market is exploding and people have begun tracking their behavior in several ways. The Swiss watch industry is being overtaken by the American and Asia tech-companies: Apple, FitBit, Huawei, Samsung and LG – they are all fighting to get a piece of the wearable-watch-pie.

If you have been to Baselworld, or CES in Las Vegas you stumbled over the wearables that track your health, the location of your jewelry or your lover whereabouts if necessary. So, If we know one thing for sure – it’s wearables will be everywhere shortly.

But maybe more interesting is the relation between wearables and health. I couldn’t find a single watch – apart from the Philips watch that is not available in all markets – that is accurate enough to be used in a medical context. And there is no scientific proof that wearables help us life healthier, happier or longer… If you are aware of those articles please share them with me.

In the meanwhile I have been testing some watches. For the results check the link (in dutch).

Masterclass / Lecture

A h. insurance perspective: ‘A future vision on 3D-printing’

 During the 3D-MedTech printing conference speakers shed light on the most disruptive applications of 3D printing in the medical world, and latest developments and applications in the field. Surprisingly for some – dutch insurance companies have developed a vision towards 3D printing.

I revealed the position of dutch health insurance companies in the 3D landscape and the possibilities for the future. First, by laying out the dutch health insurance landscape, followed by ONVZ’s position and our vision on health innovation that might lead to collaboration with 3D printing companies.  More information about the conference can be found here.




Project Update

Dutch companies help elderly live longer independently

2016-Logo-TOM-gj ONVZ Health Insurance collaborates with, Nutricia, Philips, PostNL and VeiligheidNL to implement an innovative project to prevent elderly from falling. The project is called (TOM; ‘Thuis Onbezorgd Mobiel’) and its goal is to make it possible that elderly live longer at home independently.

The impact of falling is hugely underestimated. Falling is a Tipping Point (a critical indicator in an evolving situation that often leads to a new and irreversible development). Additionally, in 2016 every five minutes a person older than 65 ended up in a dutch emergency room after a fall.

A combination of proven measures is brought into practise:

  • A wearable is given to track mobility (a mobility monitor)
  • A physical training based on muscle strength, balance and coordination
  • Personal attention and social support is given every fortnight by Care Consultants
  • If needed special additional nutrition will be given

The project starts in Best (Brabant) in cooperation with local parties, such as members of the elderly association, physiotherapists, dietitians and schools. Later in 2017 the project will expand to three other communities. More information can be found here.


Health Insurance Premiums Rise

People traditionally speak out against the ‘high’ cost of health insurance at the end of every year.  But it is unclear to many why the average health insurance  in the Netherlands rose this year with approximately €10 per month. This video (start at 1:08) explains why the health insurance premium increased at ONVZ Health Insurance. Apart from the possibility to implement new (cost-reducing) innovations in health care there are three reasons why the insurance premium rose this year:

  • The demographic of the Netherlands country (the average age is still growing – and an older population tends to consume more health care)
  • The legal required insured care increased (more insured care results in a more comprehensive care package and therefore in a higher price for the insurance)
  • The extra buffer the insurance company have next to the capital buffer shrunk (last year the insurance companies reduced their buffers in favour of their clients – this year the buffers aren’t high enough to compensate for the increased health care prices)
Masterclass / Lecture

Masterclass: Future (health)insurance

image1 (6)Moviemakers and dreamers have shown us amazing visions of innovation in healthcare and the positive impact on our lives. One day we might live forever and soon we can predict when diseases will occur in our lives. Unfortunately – or maybe it’s fortunate….. – we still have a lot of work to do and limitations to overcome before those innovations will be reality.  What role will the insurer play in the future?

That last question was the central topic of last Friday’s Masterclass. During this Masterclass I discussed the future of (Health)care insurance innovation with 30 eager young professionals of Studelta. We discussed the basic concepts of innovation, adaption of innovation in health and the applications and products that have emerged in recent years. Examples like ‘advanced customised medicine’ and novel sensor technology were under debate.

In the second part of the Masterclass the main topic we discussed was the development of a corporate strategy in the light of the current trends and developments. How do you develop such a strategy and what is the impact on your workforce? And what options do you have to adapt?

We can’t predict the future – but for sure we can shape it.

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Project Update

Test of ‘Fall prevention model’

Four big companies and a NGO are planning to test the most prestigious fall prevention model over the next 4 years in the Netherlands.

Unfortunately an official statement can’t be presented, nor can the companies be disclosed (except ONVZ Health Insurer) but in the first quater of 2017 the first participants are allowed to enroll and test the model. The partners share a common goal in Vitalising elderly people. We will use each others expertise to test a model that existed on the drawingboard and seemed to complicated to implent. I will publish more information on the model, technologies used, and results later.