Mr. Brian de Francesca
Chief Executive Officer
Ver2 Digital Medicine, UAE
Brian de Francesca is a Johns Hopkins educated expert in the use of digitalization and connectivity to improve healthcare quality, access and efficiency. Most specifically, in the use of platform technologies to increase, optimize and improve healthcare human resources.
Brian was first exposed to the potential of “digitalization and connectivity” in 1993, with the success of the world’s first tele-radiology program in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland at the Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Brian has over 20 years international healthcare experience. He lived in Thailand for over a decade, where in addition to founding the region’s first biomedical engineering company – Asia Bio Systems; he worked with Bangkok Hospital and Bumrungrad Hospital – both of which receive large numbers of medical tourists each year that benefited from his innovative use of telemedicine to support inbound and outbound medical travel.
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 Digital Medicine.
Ver2 – an innovative telemedicine services platform, that received an Expo2020 Global Innovator’s Grant for its “Connecting Minds” medical education work in Africa. They have won awards for TeleStroke programs in Asia, Tele-medical education programs in Africa, the Frost and Sullivan 2018 “Telemedicine Leadership Award” and the 2018 International Life Sciences Awards for ‘Best Healthcare Staffing Solutions Provider,” for the services provide Ver2 in human resource capacity building.
Ver2 was the first company in the world to successfully use Blockchain to support tele-medical education; and they are in the process of incorporating various artificial intelligence applications into their diagnostics platform modules.
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). Two of Brian’s personal goals are to connect 700 refugee camps around the world to healthcare and education resources over the Ver2 Platform; and to improve healthcare workforce capacity across all of Africa. Brian’s home is in Dubai, UAE.