Future Medicine


Course Objective

At the end of this course you will be able to:
. Reflect on innovations in healthcare in general
. Describe and present the mechanism of Blockchain in general
. Explain under which conditions Blockchain may be a valuable
contribution to health systems
. Apply and explain your own model for assessment of the suitability of
Blockchain in a process or service in healthcare.

Course Content

Future Medicine…
… and the potential for Blockchain in Healthcare

Elective course for RMGH students January 2020
Minimum - Maximum number of participants: 6-12

Cees Hesp, PharmAccess
Guus ten Asbroek, AIGHD

Healthcare systems are under a lot of pressure to improve and innovate.
The demographic changes and technological opportunities lead to
unmanageable increases in costs – and subsequently the call for further
innovations increases.
Drastic and disruptive changes seem to be necessary to help health
systems deliver on the promise of delivering care for their populations.
The digital revolution has hugely affected the way we organize and
deliver health care. And it only just started…
“Blockchain” is one of the innovations that has potential to drastically
innovate and improve the health care system. At the same time it is
hyped and maybe overvalued.
We dare you to look into the world of Future Medicine and focus on
Blockchain. Decide for yourselves: Can Blockchain be successfully
implemented to improve and innovate healthcare - and if so, under what

In this 4-week full-time course you will study the innovative
developments in health with a special focus on Blochchain methodology
and applications. You will have time allocated to interactive lectures
and work groups, self-study and group work.

Teaching Methods

Program info
This is a 4-week full time course, starting January 6 and ending with
presentations on Friday, January 31st 2020.
Schedule: There will be a limited number of contact hours - max 9 in the
first two weeks and up to six in the last two weeks. Contact hours will
be booked on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 09:30 and 12:30.
The first two weeks we will give you input on the topic of healthcare
innovations and Blockchain. In the last two weeks you will work in
groups of 2 students on your assignment.

Schedule overview
Week 1
MON 1. Introduction to Healthcare innovation and Blockchain
TUE 2. Blockchain in more detail
THU 3. About fantastic coins and where to find them
Materials used: lecture slides and Book: The Fourth Industrial
Revolution, Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum

Week 2
MON 1. Discussion of the first book - The Fourth Industrial Revolution,
Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum
TUE 2. Introduction to end assignment
THU 3. Case study of an application of Blockchain in Healthcare
Materials used: lecture slides and Book: Blockchain Revolution, Don
Tapscott, Penguin

Week 3
Start of assignment
MON 1. Discussion of Book 2. - Blockchain Revolution, Don Tapscott,
Penguin& Subgroup work
& plan for approach of your assignment
TUE 2. Discuss with tutor your progress and get help where needed
THU 3. Discuss with tutor your progress and get help where needed

Week 4.
Assignment continued
THU 1. Discuss with tutor if needed & try-out of presentations
FRI 2. Final presentations.

Other suggested readings on Healthcare and innovations in general
(List to be extended:)
- Atul Gawande – On being mortal
- Jonathan Bus - Where does it hurt - an entrepreneurs guide to fixing
health care

Method of Assessment

The course grade (on 0-10 scale) will be based on the assessment on
several written documents and a final presenation:
- 2 book summary notes (20%)
- Log book and notes during the project work (15%)
- Interview summaries with stakeholders and informants (15 %)
- Final presentation of assignment (60%)
Depending on total class size these are group or individual assignments
(will be announced on Day 1 of the course)


The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum
Blockchain Revolution, Don Tapscott, Penguin

other materials to be shared by faculty.

Target Audience

This course is open to 1st and 2nd year students from the research
master Global Health (VU)
A minimum of 6 participants is required to offer the course. There are
up to 12 seats available.

Additional Information

This course will be held at the premises of AIGHD and PharmAccess:
AHTC, Tower C4 • Paasheuvelweg 25 • 1105 BP Amsterdam • The Netherlands

General Information

Course Code AM_1248
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. A.H.A. ten Asbroek
Examiner dr. A.H.A. ten Asbroek
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group