The Future of Healthcare

What will healthcare look like in 2030 without a family doctor and general hospital? How will predictive care ensure efficient and affordable healthcare? Will we live to be 130 years old? What can we expect from biotech and nanotech? Are you ready?

The future of healthcare is fascinating for anyone who loves life. Technological developments in healthcare are perhaps the most progressive. Think telemedicine, wearables, implants that eliminate the effects of epilepsy and Alzheimer’s and bioprinters that print organs. Then there’s the electronic pill that keeps our health in check and personalised medication from a 3D printer, ready while you wait. And what do you think about DNA manipulation, healthcare robots and robot surgeons? The future of healthcare is so fascinating, you don’t want to miss out. This lecture can be combined with ‘Organisation of the future’. It can also be customised on request.

Topics that will be covered during the lecture



Bioprinting live tissue and organs such as livers, hearts, cartilage and fat can offer solutions to a host of illnesses and injuries and even solve the current donor organ challenge. The printing of human stem cells, in combination with 3D bioprinting, could take regenerative medicine to unprecedented levels, improving surgeries and providing patients with increasingly positive outcomes. This will forever change the healthcare landscape.


Neurotechnology focuses on brain-computer interaction, linking thoughts to the outside world via a brain-computer interface (BCI). This enables the direct measurement of brain activity, translating electrical signals into language a computer or another human can understand. Neurotech can potentially enable the blind to see and paraplegics to walk. It also allows us to control machines with our thoughts, potentially disrupting allied technologies like robotics and self-driving systems.


Biotechnology is all about reimagining biology as complex tech and tweaking it to our advantage. To manipulate life itself, scientists couple innovative nanotechnology with the best quantum computing and advances in chemistry and biology. Biotech signals a growing trend: the interconnectedness of the sciences, engineering, and the ever-increasing processing power of the fastest computers.


The dynamic field of telemedicine is developing rapidly, with mobile health apps and new medical devices enabling consumers to take vitals, measure blood pressure and glucose levels and even diagnose ear infections. This allows patients to gather information for medical diagnoses without having to go to the doctor’s office. Patient-doctor relationships are becoming more independent of infrastructural confinement, and acceptance of telemedicine is becoming increasingly widespread across healthcare facilities.

Artificial intelligence

Supercomputers like IBM’s Watson play an important role in providing medical professionals with access to real time clinical and medical knowledge to reach diagnoses and formulate treatment plans. Within 5 to 10 years - using artificial intelligence, 3D-imaging technology and pattern recognition - medical professionals will be able to diagnose chronic conditions and it won’t be long before physicians prescribe treatment before a disease has a chance to manifest itself.


Automation in healthcare is reaching new heights. Robotic surgery, for instance, enables surgeons to perform minimally invasive yet complicated procedures that are more precise than conventional operations. Robotic surgery is already widely practiced in various fields, including gynaecology, urology and in complex procedures such as cardiac valve repair. Other robots in healthcare are deployed to deliver drugs, prepare meals, make beds, do laundry and take care of waste disposal.


Consumers are adopting wearable health trackers at an increasingly fast pace. These gadgets can track virtually anything, from physical activity to sleep patterns, breathing rates, blood glucose levels, exposure to sunlight and heart rates. Their wearability and versatility contribute to their popularity, allowing medical professionals to remotely monitor their patients and offer patients more control over their own health.


Today’s technological developments enable us to fix, replace or enhance almost every part of the human body, including stomachs, kidneys, hearts, lungs, muscles, skin, limbs, ears and eyes. These are now real science instead of science fiction and they have many potential applications. In the future, human bodies will contain at least one if not more technologically and mechanically engineered parts.

Company of the future

The company of the future is hyper connected. It closely monitors new developments and collaborates with startups, scientists and universities. It uses smart algorithms to analyse the world and employs a flexible workforce capable of rapidly developing new products, services or processes and offering support on complex issues. The company of the future requires accessible leaders who inspire, have new visions and are prepared to veer off the beaten track.

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Richard van Hooijdonk

International keynote speaker, trend watcher and futurist Richard van Hooijdonk offers inspiring lectures on how technology impacts the way we live, work and do business. Over 420,000 people have already attended his renowned inspiration sessions, in the Netherlands as well as abroad. He works together with RTL television and presents the weekly radio program ‘Mindshift’ on BNR news radio. Van Hooijdonk is also a guest lecturer at Nyenrode and Erasmus Universities.

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Alexander Schnitger
Lieutenant-General Royal Netherlands Airforce

Richard van Hooijdonk’s contribution to the congress was particularly dynamic and inspiring! The participants experienced recognition, awareness and certainly, a wake-up call. There were no signs of a post-lunch dip! In short, an excellent contribution through a highly professional performance.

Jan Struijs

Richard van Hooijdonk is today’s foremost trend watcher. He explores how the latest technological developments impact each aspect of our lives, providing an exciting and sometimes disconcerting view of our future. And make no mistake; the future is coming at us with the velocity of a comet. Not only is Richard a child of the future; he is a great storyteller as well.

Roelof Hemmen
Presenter RTL news and BNR news radio

With your presentation 'Trendz 2030' you awakened the customs organisation. At the end of the day it turned out that your presentation had made the biggest impression. You made sure the issues were put on Strategic Management’s radar.

Alex Drost
Customs and the Tax and Customs Administration

A dazzling journey through new technology. The enthusiasm and energy during his presentation, combined with the visuals, provided a successful kick- off to our event.

Patrick Steemers
Partner Deloitte

99% was incredibly enthusiastic and 1% very enthusiastic :)! You've caused quite a stir within the group. Well done!

Joost Gulden
Head of Sales Stedin

An impressive and noteworthy presentation for our employees and customers. The rate at which change is happening - which you eloquently brought across in your energetic speech - requires a disruptive approach. To be continued!

Rob Pols
CEO Atos

Enthusiastic speaker, a good and versatile story. Everyone was ‘wowed’ by the lecture.

Maarten Buikhuisen
Directeur Global Solutions Heineken

Great keynote that really opened our eyes. Sparkling and energetic, from beginning to end. Thanks Richard, for showing us this different view of the fitness market and its future.

Arjan van Dijk
Commercial Director Matrix Fitness Benelux

Richard has inspired us and given us food for thought through his ‘own way’ of presenting - characterised by humour and interaction. It gives people energy, stimulates creativity and encourages thinking in opportunities.

Marcel Grisnigt
Vice President Thales

A spectacular kick-off to our ‘Away Day’. With many examples, he shows which changes are necessary to keep up with the technological developments. The presentation sparked many discussions throughout the day and inspired ideas for follow-up actions.

Gerard Blom
General manager Deltares

Afterwards everyone was enthusiastic. Not only because of the way you illustrated the generic trends but also because of the way you applied them to the agricultural and livestock industry - the market in which De Heus operates.

Joost Belt
Global Director – De Heus

Richard knows how to interpret the new developments in an inspiring manner, while simultaneously outlining their impact. Our visitors were challenged and inspired. Richard, thanks for an exciting and 'wondrous-ful’ presentation!

Leo van den Ende
CEO Sigmax

A great story, interactive, supported by many facts and anecdotes. He has convinced us.

Peter Zoeteman
Managing Director, Maritime Technology

Richard is very interesting and a true visionary. He brings the future so close that you can almost feel it. We found it interesting to see where technology will lead and how it will change our company and our business models.

Jan van Megen
Country manager - Arjo Huntleigh

Richard van Hooijdonk provides a dazzling presentation on numerous technological developments and their impact on society and the economy. Credible, high-speed and to the point. Inspires to think and act.

Henk Geveke
Managing Director TNO Defence

With lots of energy, Richard inspired us about the bewildering future of ‘value-based’ healthcare at the Swedish Embassy in The Hague. Thank you very much!

Andreas Rentner
Swedish Ministry of Economic Affairs

Highly recommended for any entrepreneur who wants to move with the times or rather; keep ahead of the times. Very inspiring.

John Verhagen
Chairman of the Executive Board ABAB

Richard van Hooijdonk was the perfect inspiration and he encouraged everyone to have an open mind! His enthusiasm, positivity and many tangible facts make him very credible.

Tessy Erns
Chairman Association of VPM

The connections have been made. We now know how to participate, innovate and conquer new markets in a unique way. Thanks for the fantastic session.

Rob van Veen
Commercial director, Draka

Richard's enthusiasm and inspiration were contagious. We’re still talking about it. He gave us food for thought; it was great to be able to share in his passion. He brought the future closer!

Gerard van der Vegte
Director X-ICT

Such an energetic and enthusiastic speaker! From the first few minutes, the audience hung on his every word when he spoke about ‘the future of healthcare.’ Especially the way he personally deals with these developments got people talking. It was a perfect start of our annual staff conference.

Angeline van Dijk
Director - Zorg van de Zaak


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