BMS - Vakgroep OMD (EN)

CV Prof. dr. Theo de Vries


After his military service and a study in mathematical engineering (Delft Univ., 1966) mr. De Vries obtained his doctorate with a thesis on health are (hospital laboratory; supervisor prof. dr. B. Leijnse, Faculty of Medicine, 1974). 


He started his career in 1966 as a researcher at the Mathematical Centre in Amsterdam (now Centre for Mathematics and Informatics). After this he was employed in health care for six years and as principal scientific staff member ('wetenschappelijk hoofdmedewerker') for health care and economy in Leiden University. From 1976 till 1979 he was deputy secretary of the then Advisory Council for Research Policy. In 1979 he founded a scientific research institute for consumer matters. In 1986 he accepted the function of director of the Provincial Council for Public Health in Zuid-Holland (until 2000). He was involved in administrative processes in health care and the influence of research in that area.

From 1995 till 2005 he was professor by special appointment for regional health care (Univ. for Humanism; decision processes, effects, and control). From 2002 he was professor by special appointment (STT) in Twente University (UT) for future studies in health care, in which ICT plays the principal role. He founded the Nederlands Instituut voor Telemedicine (NITEL, chairman 2002-2005). He also supervised a number of start-ups, one of which became very  successful (Focus Cura, technology in homecare).

From 2007 until July 1 2016 he was extraordinary professor. Since 2007 he focused on applying modern mathematical techniques in order to solve social issues. Many of these investigations concern fraude detection, detecting diseases such as posttraumatic stress disorder etc. He set up the Dutch Fraud Initiative (DFI) in collaboration with a colleague. He has supervised six doctoral dissertations. Three of these concern recent developments in health care, the others concern applications of mathematical techniques to ICT, fraud and the detection of disorders (PTSS) using text mining. After his retirement this line of research will be continued.

Additional functions

Mr. De Vries has fulfilled many administrative functions. For ten years he acted as chairman of a health insurance company, initiator of the merging of the ZAO (the Amsterdam health insurance organisations), and he was a member of the board of several health care institutions. From 1990 till 1995 he was Crown-appointed member (vice-chairman) of the Board for the Protection of Personal Data (the then Registration Chamber). Until 2015 he was a member of the board of several foundations, for example, as curator and member of the executive committee of the Telders Foundation (the scientific bureau of the VVD party).

Although he is not politically active, Mr. De Vries is a member of a political party. In 2006 he was added to the VVD party list in Leiden. He is mainly interested in decision making processes related to the decentralisation of various governmental tasks in favour of municipalities.

PHD Theses Supervised

J. van Kokswijk, Architectuur van een Cybercultuur, 27 november 2003

J. Vorst Zorg naar de top, 4 december 2008

J.M.M. de Gouw, Besturen in de gezondheidszorg (19 januari 2012)

D.A.J. Dohmen, De e van ehealth (13 december 2012, cum laude)

R.H.M. Hendriks Uitsluiting en technologie (2013)

Qiwei He (Britt), MSc Computerized adaptive text-based testing in psychological and educational measurement (2013)

Fisette M. Gebruik moderne wiskundige technologieën bij het opsporen van fraude


Vries, T. de De toekomstige rol van ICT in de zorg, Oratie, Universiteit Twente, 21 maart 2002

Vries, T. de en Paassen, P.A.M. van Care about care, The importance of ICT in the Dutch health care sector, in: Continuity of care, NVMA (2003) pp 76-80

Vries, T. de, De toekomst ligt steeds verder weg, in: M. Drenth et al, , Ethiek van de wetenschapscommunicatie Boom Onderwijs, ISBN 90 8506 0850, (2005) pp 130-3

Vries, T. de, Technologie en Zorg: Wie wordt er beter van? Uitgeverij SWP 2005, ISBN 90 6665 657 3

Veldkamp, B.P., & de Vries, T. (2008). Finding a model for predicting bankruptcy fraud. Proceedings of the ECDM 2008

Veldkamp, B.P., & de Vries, T. (2008). Identification of bankruptcy fraud in Dutch organizations. In: Hans Weghorn and Ajith P. Abraham (Eds.) Proceedings of the MCCSIS ’08 (pp. 63-66). Amsterdam, NL: IADIS Press.

Veldkamp, B.P., & de Vries, T. (2008). Search for A Model for Predicting Academic Performance, Proceedings of SMU 2008

Vries, T. de, Moderne wiskundige technieken in dienst van maatschappelijke vraagstukken STT (2009)

Vries, T. de, Hendriks R.H.M, Technology and health: impact on solidarity Latin American Journal of Telehealth 2009:1 (1): 67-77.

Vries, T. de, Een explosief mengsel, STT/Present juli 2009

Nijhof N, Gemert-Pijnen JEWC, Seydel ER, Vries T de, Dementia and Technology. With Respect To Monitoring Sleep/Wake Rhythm, In G. Eysenbach (Chair), Medicine 2.0 .Symposium conducted at the University of Toronto, Canada. 2010

Vries T de, De weg naar de chaos en wat er aan te doen is, STT/Present juni 2010

Vries T. de, Het is vijf voor twaalf in de informatiemaatschappij,, STT/Present dec 2010

Vorst, JHL, De Vries,T et al., Cooperation Instead of Competition, World Medical and Health Policy, June 2011

Vries T. deen Labohm,J. Klimaatmodellen en hun tekortkomingen, Liberaal Reveil, sept 2011

He, Q., Veldkamp, B. P., Vries T. de. (submitted). Screening for posttraumatic stress disorder using verbal features in self narratives: a text mining approach. Psychiatry Research (2011)

Van Geldrop A en Vries T de, Fraude loont: De toekomst van Fraude en ICT, STT Academy 2012 (2) ISBN 978-94-91397-01-1

He, Q., Veldkamp, B. P., Glas, C. A. W., & de Vries, T. (2012). Computerized assessment on psychiatric patients’ self-narratives using N-grams mining. Submitted for publication to Behavioral Research Methods.


Navolgend enkele presentaties die kenmerkend zijn voor het interessegebied van de heer De Vries:

Vries, T. de, The Future Strategy about Patients and Technology, AIM, March 18, 2004 (Blankenberge, België)

Vries, T. de, Technology and health: impact on solidarity, (keynote), AIM congress Buenos Aires 20-22 May 2005

Vries, T. de, The need for innovation in health care: The eHealth bonanza,

(keynote) Ehealth Laboratory of Excellence and Innovation Latin America and Europe Dec 7-9 2006 (Belo Horizonte, Brazilië)

Vries, T. de, Veldkamp B.P., Identification of bankruptcy fraud in Dutch organizations, ECDM 2008 (Amsterdam)

Vries, T. de, Veldkamp B.P. Measuring academic performance, SMUE 2008

5&6 september 2008 (Baia delle Zagare, Italië)

Vries, T. de, Veldkamp B.P., Mine Your Own Bussiness, Studium Generale Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, 13 mei 2009 (Eindhoven)

Vries, T. de, Veldkamp B.P., Mine Your Own Bussiness: Data, information and analysis ; Seminar Tilburg University Feb 3 2010

Vries, T. de, Veldkamp B.P., Opsporing onjuiste declaraties “fraude”; Slimmer detecteren, Zorgverzekeraars Nederland, 5 april 2011

Vries, T. de, Fraud and information technology, National Audit Office Jan 13th 2011

Vries T. de Faillissementsfraude, automatisch opgespoord, conf. FIOD Vastgoed, versluiering en automatisering, 29 maart 2012

Vries T. de Basisregistraties en Fraudebestrijding, ICTU Min I&M 10 mei 2012

Vries Neural network as a new alternative for statistical models: new insights for quality assessment? Qualitätssicherung und Qualitätsmanagement Nov 21 2012