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Webinar: The digital transformation of Life Science and Healthcare during and after Covid-19

May 20, 2020
May 20, 2020
Start time:
9:00 am
End time:
10:00 am
Zoom Webinar
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The webinar

  • The Covid-19 outbreak has served to stress the need for digital transformation. There is a heightened need for effective telemedicine solutions, as well as a reliable and safe way of exchanging patient information, among others.
  • The Dutch are the international front-runners in e-Health. Public-private collaborations and investments are the driving force behind a multitude of new ideas and right now, countless new e-Health applications are in the making.
  • Texas, on the other side, is home to most healthcare professionals, health clinics, and the world’s largest medical center (Texas Medical Center/TMC), which houses the world’s largest children’s hospital (Texas Children’s Hospital) and world’s largest cancer hospital (MD Anderson Cancer Center).
  • The Netherlands has been on the forefront of the digital healthcare revolution, and during the Covid-19 outbreak we see that many of the digital health companies find ways to have their innovative solutions implemented quicker and that exchange of data and information between healthcare stakeholders as well as telemonitoring and teleconsulting has become more dynamic.

We created this webinar to discuss the state of e-health in The Netherlands and Texas, and how we can learn from each other and cooperate in new solutions.

The speakers

Nora Belcher, Executive Director, Texas e-Health Alliance

Nora Belcher is the Executive Director of the Texas e-Health Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group that she started in 2009 to give health information technology stakeholders a voice in public policy. The Texas e-Health Alliance serves as the state's leading advocate, from local communities to the national level, for the use of information technology to improve the health care system for patients. She is widely considered to be one of the state’s leading experts in digital health care, having worked on the issue for over 20 years in a variety of roles. During the most recent Texas legislative session, Ms. Belcher led the passage of a number of bills related to telemedicine, telehealth and remote patient monitoring. Ms. Belcher holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin. She owns a hardcover first edition of Game of Thrones.

Lance Black, Associate Director, Texas Medical Center’s TMCx

Dr. Black served previously as Medical Device Innovation Lead, and draws on his extensive military, medical, and engineering expertise to support the resident companies of TMCx in developing innovative healthcare technologies. After earning his B.S. in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University and his M.D. from LSU Health Sciences Center of New Orleans, Dr. Black served in the U.S. Air Force and deployed overseas twice: first as Chief of Medical Staff for Manas Transit Base in Kyrgyzstan, and then as a Squadron Flight Surgeon in Okinawa, Japan. During his time in the armed forces, Dr. Black helped to create modular medical facilities for civilian use, and designed and implemented safety protocols -22 stealth fighter pilots and their crews. Inspired from his work with Wounded Warrior amputees, Dr. Black utilized his background in Biological Engineering to focus on the design and development of medical devices. Following his exit from service, Dr. Black received his Masters of Biomedical Innovation & Development from Georgia Tech, including a year in their Masters of Industrial Design program. 

Carmen van Vilsteren, Chair, Top Sector Life Sciences & Health

Carmen van Vilsteren is chair of the Top Sector Life Sciences & Health in the Netherlands. Van Vilsteren has ample experience in the medical industry, at Philips and later as CEO and co-founder of Microsure. In her current role as director of the Strategic Area Health at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), she combines her knowledge of setting up innovation programmes and public-private partnerships with scientific research.

The moderator

Saskia Pardaans, Chief Representative, NBSO Texas

As an entrepreneur Saskia Pardaans is specialized in sales, marketing and communication. Before joining the Netherlands Business Support Office- Texas, she has owned her own training company for 10 years. Besides that, she has worked as an interim manager for multiple companies, establishing a customer centric and commercial approach. Moreover, Saskia has worked for VNO-NCW for the last three years before moving to Houston, the largest entrepreneurial organization in the Netherlands. Saskia’s method entails a combination of personal drive and a strong focus on concrete results. Saskia’s aim is to inspire people, to connect them with each other and to incite people to action.

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