MD, formerly General Practitioner (NL + AUS). Now CMO at Medicinfo an e-health and healthcare innovation company. Also researcher at IBR Centre for e-health research and disease management of the Twente University. Fields of interest: e-health, health 2.0, e-consultation, e-coaching, online triage and decision support, social media. Co-founder of @tweetspreekuur, a primary care service on Twitter
Attended Medicine 2.0'08 (Toronto, Canada)
Attended Medicine 2.0'10 (Maastricht, NL)
Attended Medicine 2.0'11 (Stanford University, USA)
Attended Medicine 2.0'13 (London, UK)
Medicine 2.0'10 (Maastricht, NL)
The Proof of the Pudding: First Results of a Primary Care Consultation Service on Twitter
Social media have seen a spectacular rise in use and popularity over the last few years. Since health is an important factor in anyone’s life, it comes as no surprise that a considerable part of the communication on social media is health related. This raises the question what role health professionals could and should play in the world of social media. Based on this idea two Dutch physicians assisted by a communication and IT specialist started a free primary care consultation service on T...
Factors influencing the long-term use of a web-based disease management program for supporting self-care of patients with diabetes type II
Background: The take-up of eHealth applications in general is still rather low and only limited information is available on the level of technology usage among specific patient groups. Objective: The aim of this study was to explore the factors that influence the use -initial and long-term- of a web-based disease management program for supporting the self-care of patients with diabetes type II. Methods: Using a mixed-methods research design with log files, usability tests, interviews and...
Grounding EHealth - Development of a Web 2.0 Framework for Design, Implementation and Evaluation of EHealth Applications
Since the discussion about What is eHealth? and the introduction of the next generation of technology Web 2.0 more and more studies stress the importance of theoretical models or frameworks to provide evidence for bridging the gap between medicine and technology to make eHealth usable. However, most existing frameworks focus almost exclusively on one aspect of eHealth, such as technology acceptance or health information quality, rather than on the multi-determinants that influence the success...
Medicine 2.0'11 (Stanford University, USA)
What Lies Around the Bend? Exploring Next Steps in Social Media and Primary Care
In 2009 we, two Dutch physicians assisted by a communication and IT specialist, started a primary care consultation service on Twitter, called @tweetspreekuur. The free service consist of an account where Twitter users can ask health related questions (24/7). Answers are given within 24 hours by primary care physicians, sometimes after consultation of a medical specialist in our network. We reported our first year results at the Medicine 2.0 Maastricht conference and were pleased and honored ...
Medicine 2.0'13 (London, UK)
EPortal for Self-Management; Critical Factors for Implementation
Background eHealth will play an important role in disease management, e.g. in providing online support for self-management, in improving information exchange among professionals and with patients, as well as in monitoring the performance of the disease management program. One of the largest challenges that researchers, policy-makers, and healthcare professionals face is identifying and measuring in precise terms the added-value of eHealth technologies to support healthcare provision and dise...
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Journal of Medical Internet Research
Factors Influencing the Use of a Web-Based Application for Supporting the Self-Care of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A Longitudinal Study
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