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Prescan. For the love of life

How did Prescan originate?

In 2002, the paths of the two founders of Prescan crossed. Jan Zantinge, an entrepreneur who had just sold his companies and Eddy van Heel, a qualified nurse and sector manager in one of the largest healthcare institutions of Netherlands. 

Both had their experiences with the current health care. Jan just lost his father, due to a wrong diagnosis. Also the father-in-law of a close friend of Jan passed away in the previous year due to cancer that was detected far too late. Eddy himself had the same experience with patients in the health care system , who were also diagnosed far too late, and not seldom followed by death. More than once he saw patients not being referred to specialists in time, or under pressure of health insurers. First examinations were carried out as cheap as possible, which caused wrong and incorrect diagnoses, or were simply done too late.

Taking matters in to your own hand
Jan and Eddy were determined to do something about the late discovery of potential risks. They believed that it should be possible for everyone to be examined quickly, without being hindered by a rigid system in which finances are decisive. They took matters into their own hands and the idea of Prescan was born. Through conversations with a large Dutch health care provider they came in contact with a number of high-quality hospitals, just over the border in Germany. These hospitals already had years of experience with the (preventive) examinations and treatment of German and Dutch people. Jan and Eddy came in contact with two radiologists in Germany, a cardiologist and internist and Prescan became a fact. In January 2003 the first Prescan clinic opened. 

Our most valuable asset: our body

Eddy van Heel, Founder & CEO Prescan


Noah is a mythical person from the Tanakh, the Bible and the Koran. In Genesis 6 to 9 you can read about him. According to the biblical timeline Noah was born in 2990 BC. When he was 500 years old, he built the ark and 100 years later the flood took place (in 2390 BC). He survived this and brought us into a new world. The present world. A world where we no longer become hundreds of years old, A hundred, if we're lucky. Ask an average human being if he wants to be 100 years old and half will say: it is not necessary for me, unless in really good health.

Last year I visited Daan, a respected doctor, friend and a philosopher in his new world: Los Angeles. According to Daan the toddlers at present will easily reach an age of 120. And somehow I believe him.

"Ask an average human being if he wants to be 100 years old and half will say: it is not necessary for me, unless in really good health".
Eddy van Heel

Look at the current 50 year old and compare that with our dear parents and grandparents. In those days at 50 they began the last stage of life, and now they are just starting to live. In todays society we are far more active and make healthy conscious choices regarding diet, swapping meat and potatoes for a much more healthier option of an oily piece of fish and a sweet potato. I have a son of eleven years old. He and most of his friends want to drink water when I offer them something to drink. Cola has had its days of glory. At least in our country. I believe that in the country of Daan there are still many differences. More than with us. I predict that in 50 years' time the Dutchmen will not only be the tallest, but also the healthiest people in the world. More than ever, medical technology is in development. Stem cell examination, early diagnosis and DNA testing is in full development. Where 15 years ago cancer was still seen as an untreatable condition, it is now often treatable and with success. If you are in time.

Will it be treated as a common flu tomorrow? Will we soon be able to clone organs in a test tube and simply replace the old, less functional organs? And do we know at birth of a child, which diseases he will have in the course of his life and at what age he could pass away? Silicon Valley is working overtime. Apple, Google and IBM, are all interested in us, the human being. 'Quantify yourself' it is buzzing through the streets of San Jose to Mountain View, and from Fremont to Saratoga. They all see changes for the future for mapping and monitoring of our most valuable asset: our body. And intervening in time, if needed.

"Apple, Google and IBM, are all interested in us, the human being. 'Quantify yourself' it is buzzing through the streets of San Jose to Mountain View, and from Fremont to Saratoga". Eddy van Heel

Apps to keep us fit, chips to detect cancer, heart irregularities can be sent directly to our physician, a biometric route map to remind us if and when we are getting a disease and an organ is already made to replace the old one. All that to achieve one goal: growing old by staying fit, healthy and happy as long as possible. In the near future Steve Jobs would still be alive and his Apple Watch will detect cancer cells in the body, even before there is a tumour. And that time is closer than we do think. Nostradamus predicted it all in his Les Propheties in 1555: at the beginning of the 21st century we will be able to clone our own organs. Stem cell examination also shows that this will not take much longer. Will it soon be possible to determine our own destiny? Should we become again as old as Noah in 2390 AD? God knew it then and He will know it now. For now, I remain with the following words: enjoy life, enjoy each other and continue to do this as long as possible.

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