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Uwe Diegel - The Future of Healtcare
Passionate About Inspiring Others

I will of course tailor-make my keynote address on the subject of your choice, but I am particularly strong on technology, the future of medicine, and general business issues.


Here are some of the topics I have talked about in the past year...

> The loneliness of the long-distance StartUpper

I am an Ignoramus (from the Latin “We do not know”). I am not a doctor, I am not a medical expert, I am not a scientific guy. I am just a guy who knows how to use a screwdriver. In fact, my ignorance goes so far that I do not understand difficulties. This is a huge advantage, because if I understood the difficulties in embarking in the complex adventure of a medical hardware startup, I would never get started…

> We all die of a broken heart... Organ Transplants, and AI

Organ transplants is one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine, and saves thousands of lives every day. With the help of organ donors, who are the real heroes of this industry, the supply of organs offers a second chance of life to the beneficiaries. New technologies and trends are emerging in the field of organ transplants.

> Future trends in the pharma industry - The responsibility of change

The pharmaceutical industry has seen a seismic upheaval in the last two years, caused by the arrival of the Covid coronavirus. But for the first time we are starting to find the pulse of this important and vital industry, to hear its heartbeat.

Five major trends are slowly profiling themselves that will affect the pharmaceutical industry in the few years to come.


> Patient Centricity

Building a good reputation is important for any company to succeed, but in order to maintain that reputation, a company has to be customer-centric at its core—not as an afterthought. A customer focus strategy is important, but customer centricity is more than that. A customer-centric company is one that enables a good customer experience before, during, and long after the sales.

> Fiat Lux

Let there be light... In reality, there are very little "rupture" innovations. Most inventions are simply the natural next step of what was there before. But every now and then arrives something that changes the decade ahead. A technology that enters our unconscious and seems so evident that one cannot imagine life without it. How do we find these new moon-shot technologies?

> The future of man

Is the 1000-year old man born? Will we arrive at a point where our children will have to choose to switch us off when we reach a certain age? The population on our planet is fast reaching a critical point where the planet might not be self-sustainable. What is our future as a species, and what role can we play to shape this future for a more positive outcome?


> So what is talent, really?

Everyone is special, everyone is marvelous, but how do we maximize the talent of those working around us? Most of the people I speak to hate their job, their car, their apartment, their life, and just go to work to pay the rent… What if we could change the way that people think about themselves, their job and their life. Just imagine if the work you were doing could shape the future of your industry tomorrow…


> Remembering the Future

Paul Valery once said the “The future is not what is used to be…”. Our perception of the future is indeed altered everyday, continuously eroded by the fast pace of technological developments. The rapid expansion of new technologies is making it more and more difficult for us to predict the future. Will tomorrow’s healthcare systems be truly connected, allying preventative and predictive medicine?


> Be the hero of your own life

For a while the healthcare industry has been moving in the wrong direction. We have the luxury of choice, but do not make the right choice. Our healthcare systems know the price of everything, but the value of nothing. We keep on complaining that the healthcare system is sick, but it is in fact us that are sick. How can we convince people to be actors of the healthcare system by taking better care of themselves?


> The History of Blood Pressure

So who really invented the blood pressure monitor? According to French legend, the first blood pressure monitor was invented by the Spengler Company in Paris in 1911. According to the Italians, it was invented by Riva-Rocci, according to the USA, it was invented by Dr. Cushing, and according to the Russians it was Korotkof. Many legends surround the creation of this wonderful device.


> The importance of innovation

Running a company is like making soup. In soup you have a careful balance between the three main ingredients, which are water, meat/vegetables and spices. One could say that in a company, the water is the structure, the meat/vegetables are the products, and the spices are innovation. You need a careful balance between structure, products and innovation to run a good company.


> Research tomorrow, what is the next big thing?

What are the next big angles of research and investments in the next 10 years. Where should we put our efforts if we want to make the world a better place and run successful companies? Can we predict what companies will be successful? Can we predict what companies will be percentage-driven businesses rather than product-driven businesses? What makes a company successful in our fast moving world?


> Big Data, artificial intelligence and all that jazz

Everyone is shaking the ghost of Big Data, but what is Big Data really? Is it a cure? Are all the answers in the Cloud? Then what are the right questions? The creation of a new model of health and healthcare using Big Data is the greatest single business opportunity of our lifetimes, and we expect it to be accompanied by profound and lasting cultural change.


> Made in Heaven, how to make a perfect product

There are millions of things to think about when launching a new product, but there are also some fundamental rules to follow to make a product truly successful. Success of a product is not only about how much money it makes for you, but how it impacts the world around you. In this presentation I look at the 7 basic rules to follow if you want to make a perfect product.


> Rise of the machines, healthcare tomorrow

It is today impossible to predict the future of man. With an added longevity of three months added every year to our life, it is already a statistical certainty that the 150-year old man is already born. New core technologies, such as Big Data, nanotechnology, DNA, 3D printing from stem cells are integrating themselves in our every day life and in a few years these technologies will seem obvious, just like the internet.


> How to develop a perfect Corporate Identity

With the globalization of buying from large groups the fragile balance that exists between the buying price and quality control is starting to be disturbed. This reinforces the need for manufacturers to sell “concepts” rather than just “products”. And the only way to achieve this is to develop a strong corporate identity that reflects the real values of the company.


> Good design will save the world, right after RockN’Roll

In the old days, at the start of the electronics revolution in healthcare, we would design products in our studios in Europe, making timeless designs that would last for years and years. Products were judicious, well thought and made to answer a specific need. How things have changed in the design of healthcare products…


> Big Data is Watching You

1984, one of the most influential dystopian novels ever written, has had a profound effect on the world. Since its publication many of its concepts have entered modern day parlance. Big Brother, Doublethink, and Thoughtcrime are all part of Orwell’s world. What Orwell failed to predict was that we would buy the cameras ourselves, and that our biggest fear would be that nobody was watching…

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