How is Healthcare Re-Shaping (Towards Virtual and Retail Care) Globally, According to NextMed Health Participants?

Healthcare is facing challenges on all fronts. WHO estimates a projected shortfall of 10 million health workers by 2030, mostly in low- and lower-middle-income countries. Countries at all levels of socioeconomic development face, to varying degrees, difficulties in the education, employment, deployment, retention, and performance of their workforce. Several other factors, such as the aging population and the rising demand for healthcare services, put healthcare systems under pressure to change and adapt. To a degree, with the help of technology. A big topic in many systems, especially in the US, is the move of retail providers such as Amazon and pharmacies, Walgreens, and CVS into primary care. Hospitals are looking at opportunities for virtual care and turning homes into hospital-like environments supported by virtual monitoring. 

At this year’s NextMed Health Conference is San Diego, Rasu Shrestha – Chief Innovation & Commercialization Officer, Executive Vice President at Advocate Health – hospital system of 67 hospitals across six states – Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wisconsin, mentioned that the health system made a deal with Best Buy, the provider of consumer electronics. 

In this episode, we will take this news as a starting point for a broader discussion: how is healthcare transforming globally, and what does the shift towards virtual care look like in 2023? You will hear from experts from the US, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Kenya, China, and UAE who spoke or attended the NextMed Health conference. 


  • Rasu Shrestha – Chief Innovation & Commercialization Officer, Executive Vice President at Advocate Health (USA),
  • Ali Hashemi, investor, CEO of meta[bolic] (UAE),
  • Bianca Rowenhorst, CIO at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports in the Netherlands,
  • Lucien Engelen, thought leader, who operates globally at the convergence of Innovation & Strategy for executive boards, governments, corporates (Netherlands),
  • Michael Friebe, HealthTEC Inventor/Investor/Entrepreneur and professor (Germany),
  • Alex Zhavorkonkov, CEO of InSilico Medicine (USA, China, Canada, UAE, Belgium, UK, and Taiwan),
  •  Emilian Popa, CEO of Ilara Health (Kenya)
  • Zayna Khayat, VP Client Success Teladoc Health in Canada, In house health futurist at Deloitte Canada’s Life Sciences & Healthcare team and Adjunct faculty with the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management in the Health Sector Strategy stream (Canada).



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