TED speaker Niels on Why the Future of the Hospital is your Home

This episode of The Vaccine Challenge is hosted by Priyanka Asera and features Niels van Namen. Niels van Namen is an experienced Healthcare supply chain professional, entrepreneur and TED speaker. Niels is passionate about Patient Centric supply chains, improving patient outcomes and making Healthcare affordable and accessible for everyone.

Niels currently leads the global CEVA Healthcare team as the Executive Vice President for the Healthcare Sector. With the pandemic fueling telehealth and other home care, I sat with Niels to chat about how the future of healthcare that he had envisioned in 2018 is becoming ever closer to reality. Questions answered are around who the key players that emerge in this new world will be, how will interaction with the patient change, how will insurance be redesigned, and the role that logistics will play in order to make this a reality. Niels’ 2018 TED talk details his vision of the future of care delivery and the importance of Logistics:

https://www.ted.com/talks/niels_van_namen_why_the_hospital_of_the_future_will_be_your_own_home?language=en

Questions answered include:

  1. In 2018 you did a TED talk on why the hospitals of the future will be in our homes. Can you give us a 60 second summary of what the premise is.
  2. What are the key drivers to making this future possible? Why now?
  3. If this is the future, how do you think this will impact the health insurance industry? Both in countries where there’s public healthcare vs the US where it’s predominantly privatized?
  4. COVID has massively changed how we engage with doctors and general consumer behaviour towards technology. Can you quantify what kind of tail winds COVID might have added to this envisioned future of healthcare?
  5. Who are going to be the big players that emerge in order to make home healthcare a reality? Healthcare providers, tech companies, other new players?
  6. How will this impact cost and spending? Who will be the winners and losers, strictly from a financial perspective?
  7. How will data ownership shift or change?
  8. If we move towards home healthcare predominantly, and if this means that the capacity in hospitals is significantly lesser than today … would this make us more or less prepared for the next pandemic, if there is one?

About Niels:

Niels van Namen is an experienced Healthcare supply chain professional, entrepreneur and TED speaker. Niels is passionate about Patient Centric supply chains, improving patient outcomes and making Healthcare affordable and accessible for everyone.

Niels currently leads the global CEVA Healthcare team as the Executive Vice President for the Healthcare Sector. Niels has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare and life science industry of working closely together with customers across R&D, supply chain and manufacturing. He is passionately involved in key developments and supply chain challenges.

Niels started his career as an engineer and an entrepreneur in clinical trials management. Niels initiated Diagnostic Units, a company performing clinical trials and providing regular diagnostics and care to patients in Europe. Niels joined the PWC/IBM Healthcare consulting practice. He joined DSV to lead the Healthcare vertical. Niels then joined UPS to lead the Healthcare sector for Europe.

Niels is a PDA member, holds an MSc from Delft University of Technology, obtained his MBA on the Rotterdam School of Management and holds a certificate from l'École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. He lives in the Netherlands, is married and has three children.

Niels’ recent TED talk details his vision of the future of care delivery and the importance of Logistics:

https://www.ted.com/talks/niels_van_namen_why_the_hospital_of_the_future_will_be_your_own_home?language=en