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Patrick Driessen

Healthcare Entrepreneur and Founder of SHE Health Clinics Nederland B.V.

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The Netherlands

More attention from media and government to better understand the health gap between men and women.

More women’s groups demanding better healthcare from goverment and health insurers. For example a demand for painless breast cancer screening.

More startups focused on FemTech, digital health and in-person health focused on women.

Women shopping around to find the best care for them, instead of being guided by their GP.

Higher focus on prevention, selftesting, healthy diet and lifestyle.

Higher investment in startups and scaleups that are focused on women’s health and wellbeing.

More focus by pharmaceuticals and bioscience companies on clinical trials with women, hence why we started

Access to healthcare has significant consequences on women worldwide, whether preventative, diagnostics or treatment services. Demand is exploding and capacity at hospitals is declining.

Sexual and reproductive health problems are responsible for one-third of health issues for women between the ages of 15 and 44 years. Unsafe sex is a major risk factor, particularly among women and girls in developing countries. We expect a major increase in STI’s, cervical cancer and oral cavity cancer.

Male focused research bias: most healthcare research is biased against women, which can lead to underdiagnosis of common (and deadly) diseases.

Breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and cervical cancer: women are at risk for diseases like breast cancer, ovarian cancer and cervical cancer, and earlier + better screening for these diseases is key to identifying problems and making sure women get the treatment they need as early as possible.

Adolescent girls face a number of sexual and reproductive health challenges, including STIs, HIV, and pregnancy.

All medication for women will need to be based on medicines that have a compound and dose that is focused and tested on women.

FemTech and digital health for women can help to create spare capacity, reduce operational costs for care providers, improve the quality of care and increase positive health outcomes for women.

Gaps in care: hospitals, clinics, schools, universities and government agencies need to establish more partnerships to address major gaps in care for women.

Prevention will need to become a key focus for consumers, health insurers, governments and health care providers.

Digital first business models: provide as much digital care and processes as possible and in-person care only if really required.

Multidisciplinary integrative medicine for women, practiced in focus clinics such as SHE Health Clinics.

Most non-complex planable health care for women can be moved from hospitals to clinics and primary healthcare providers.

Blended-care (mix of virtual and in-person care) as basis for all women’s health care providers.

More clinical trials that are based on women (at least 50%) and men.

Education of girls (at high schools) and students (at universities and higher education schools).

Increased funding: extra funding for startups, scaleups and new technologies focused on women’s health and FemTech.

Data gathering and data analysis: by gathering more health data of women and analusing the data utilizing Deep Tech, Machine Learning and AI-driven algorithms, we can develop better processes, products, technologies, diagnostics, treatments and medicines for women.

Investing in research on women’s health issues could lead to better understanding of the unique challenges women face and how to address them.

Improved access to healthcare: ensuring that women have access to affordable and comprehensive healthcare services could help address many of the challenges they face, such as lack of access to contraception, maternal mortality, and chronic diseases.

Better women’s health awareness: informing women and healthcare providers about women’s health issues could help increase awareness and improve health outcomes. This could include providing information on reproductive health, menopause, and chronic diseases that affect women disproportionately.

Advocacy and policy change: advocating for policies that support women’s health, such as paid family leave, affordable childcare, and equal pay, could help address some of the underlying social and economic factors that contribute to poor health outcomes for women .

Collaboration and partnerships: bringing together stakeholders from different sectors, such as healthcare providers, finance, policymakers, medical universities, and community organizations, could help address the complex challenges in women’s health and lead to more effective solutions. Hence why we do our best to create new international partnerships and ecosystems in women’s health.

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