Dr Leonard Witkamp is a former dermatologist and director KSYOS TeleMedical Centre, the first virtual hospital in The Netherlands. He has been recently appointed by the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) as Professor in TeleMedicine at the Department of Medical Informatics of the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam.
He founded the KSYOS organisation in 2001. KSYOS Research develops TeleMedicine services that may add to increase efficiency of the primary healthcare process. With the use of the Health Management Practice model, KSYOS investigates the efficiency increasing potential of this TeleMedicine services in cooperation with future users, thereby creating broad basic support. The KSYOS TeleMedical Centre subsequently takes care of the implementation and operation of the TeleMedicine services in regular healthcare. KSYOS works together with a network of over 6.000 healthcare workers in TeleDiagnosis, TeleConsultation and TeleMonitoring. KSYOS yearly performs over 100.000 Teleconsultations.
His experience as research fellow in market research, as university teacher and researcher, as practicing dermatologist and as director of KSYOS has been an excellent base for his present function of Professor in Telemedicine. By teaching, doing research and promoting the use of Telemedicine in regular healthcare he helps the KNMG to reach its mission: maintaining accessibility of the healthcare system for the general population by efficiency increase.