By Prof. Dr. Leonard Witkamp
Professor, Academic Medical Center
Prof. Dr Leonard Witkamp is a former dermatologist and director KSYOS TeleMedical Centre, the first virtual hospital in The Netherlands. He has been appointed by the Royal Dutch Medical Association as Professor in TeleMedicine at the Department of Medical Informatics of the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam. He founded the KSYOS organisation in 2001 to develop, investigate and implement large TeleScreening, TeleConsultation and TeleMonitoring programs. KSYOS works together with a network of over 12,000 healthcare workers in TeleDiagnosis, TeleConsultation and TeleMonitoring. KSYOS yearly performs over 100,000 Teleconsultations. Over 1,500 patients are seen on a daily basis. His experience as research fellow in market research, as university professor and researcher, as practicing dermatologist and as director of KSYOS has been an excellent base for his present function as Professor in Telemedicine.