BRIAN DE FRANCESCA
Brian de Francesca is a Johns Hopkins educated expert in the use of digitalization and connectivity to improve healthcare quality, access and efficiency. Brian was first exposed to this world with the success of the world’s first tele-radiology program in his home town of Baltimore, Maryland at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was also involved with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce e-commerce IBEX (International Business Exchange) project and conducted the some of the first pilots of Digital Pathology. His company participated in the “Whole System Demonstrator Project” in the U.K., which was the largest randomized control trial of telehealth and telecare in the world. Brian maintains a full roster of international speaking and writing engagements, covering a wide array of healthcare topics and most recently appeared on the cover of the July issue of “Middle East Medical” magazine. Brian has over 20 years international healthcare experience. He later worked for Johns Hopkins in Abu Dhabi, where he was responsible for a wide network of healthcare facilities. It was during this period that he refined his vision for a Virtual Healthcare Service Platform, which eventually became Ver2. He is an advisor to :IRYO – a European company that is developing one of the first cloud-based electronic health records, incorporating a full Blockchain technology foundation. Brian is also an active member of The World Future Society. In 2015, Brian founded Ver2 – an innovative telemedicine services platform, that was the first company in the world to successfully use Blockchain to support tele-medical education. One of Brian’s personal goals, is to connect 700 refugee camps to healthcare and education resources over the Ver2 Platform. Brian is a graduate of Johns Hopkins and Loyola Universities, a Fellow of The Advisory Board Company and holds a Certificate in Company Direction from “The Institute of Directors” (IOD). Brian presently resides in Dubai, UAE.