Lucien Engelen

Tomorrow is Good: give patients access to their own data

It was only a matter of time before the war over the standardization in healthcare would start. Of course, over the past few years tremendous effort has been put into making data exchangeable and interoperable. However, from the perspective of patients, it’s simply not enough. Therefore, its...

Christmas 2019: The Power of the Human Touch

(On 25 December 2016, Lucien Engelen wrote this column for E52, the predecessor of Innovation Origins. Since then we repeat it every year at Christmas) October 1995, Massachusetts, the Jackson twins were born, weighing two pounds each. Although alive, the staff was well aware of the fragility of...

Tomorrow is good: Innovation is investment

Ah, I suppose you were thinking about money as soon as you saw the headline. Fine, that’s also an investment. But I’m mainly thinking about long term, far-reaching investments in people, community and relationships. Pretty logical, new developments are tricky. A start-up that wants to...

Tomorrow is Good: a higher speed limit for electric vehicles makes sense

The Netherlands is struggling with nitrogen emissions. Dutch lawmakers are trying to work their way towards compliance with the agreements made earlier in Paris. Nevertheless, they are still lagging behind on an international level. In light of agriculture being one of the pillars for these...

Tomorrow is good: Innovation often skips the line

We’ve all been through this, cars waiting in line for a parking spot at a parking garage which is nearest to the location you want to be. Of course that one is (almost) full. Cars are waiting impatiently, honking their horns whenever someone does not move a couple of meters ahead. Meanwhile, the...

Behind every doc and nurse stands a legion of rockstars

Yesterday June 29th, 2007 the first iPhone was released. Some say a historical event. In any case a pivotal moment in history, since then the way we communicate has changed for the better and worse. Innovators have changed our life, and often it is one key figure getting (or taking) all the...

Tomorrow is Good: It’s alive (again)!

Call it creepy, or frightening, but it also is entertaining and educating: the use of ‘deep fake’. When used for bad it is creepy and can be frightening indeed; on the other hand, if the purpose is to educate people it can be as entertaining and educational at the same time....

Tomorrow is Good: Innovation waves and the Notre Dame

Innovation comes in waves, small ones and sometimes huge brutal waves. Once at the coast they also retract, go down under. Same goes for innovation; after initial euphoric results and (media) hypes, setback kicks in, bringing in the need to retract, regroup and rethink. The often brutal waves...

Tomorrow is Good: Let doctors and nurses be doctors and nurses

It’s spring, birds start to sing in the morning, trees grow leaves, the days lengthen and I sense a growing resistance to the increase of the administrative burden healthcare professionals face. We need spring. We need the vibrancy of the smell, the colours, and the rich sounds to revive the...

Tomorrow is Good: Make healthcare a ‘sexy’ place to work again

Jobs, jobs and jobs. Politicians and news outlets talk and write a lot about jobs. The creation of it, the loss of jobs, and how they want to create more in agriculture, in IT, in logistics and even in coal mining (somebody pinch me please). News items, policy makers, governments air statements...

Tomorrow is Good: the digital human – will we need our body anymore?

I’ve been writing and talking about digital humans for some time now, strongly and assured they will enter our lives sooner than we expect. The other thing that keeps me thinking is the impact it will have on a number of aspects in society. Ethics: how do we go about with ethical questions like if...

Tomorrow is Good: One More Thing…

In a weekly column, written alternately by Maarten Steinbuch, Mary Fiers, Carlo van de Weijer, Lucien Engelen, Tessie Hartjes and Auke Hoekstra, Innovation Origins tries to find out what the future will look like. The six columnists, occasionally supplemented with guest bloggers, are all working...

Tomorrow is good: employability and startups

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, Tessie Hartjes, and Auke Hoekstra, Innovation Origins tries to find out what the future will look like. All six contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working...

Tomorrow is Good: The neverending story… of innovation

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, Tessie Hartjes, and Auke Hoekstra, Innovation Origins tries to find out what the future will look like. All six contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working...

Tomorrow is Good: Augmented Health(care)

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our...

Tomorrow is Good: Addictive dopamine

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our...

Tomorrow is Good: An Apple a day keeps the doctor away

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our...

Doubling demand for health care solved by eHealth?

n a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our time....

The Power of the Human Touch

(Because of Christmas Day, this is a rerun of Lucien Engelen’s Christmas story of last year – tomorrow, he publishes a new one) In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what...

“You will have a cardiac arrest in 5 minutes from now, sir”

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our...

Goodbye screen, hello voice, goodbye ads!

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on technologies that can provide solutions to...

Tomorrow is Good: Google for Creativity

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on technologies that can provide solutions to...

The digital patient: the double edged sword?

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on technologies that can provide solutions to...

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