Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Future of Healthcare by 2020: the discipline scenario

Out of the fray of health care cost cutting imperatives of the past decade of reform, evidence and efficiency emerge as our key values. Beyond medicine, these regulatory imperatives touch edges of the global health economy: raising standards for health claims in food science, medical devices and consumer electronics—and increasing the legal and financial repercussions of making overstretched health claims. This is also the era of No Doctor Left Behind: metrics of practice have been put in place, made possible by systematic analyses of electronic health records. Care is as rational now as it has ever been, optimized to your requirements, genetic indicators, and projected contributions to society. Navigation services have sprung up to assure that care is provided for the best value, including remote consultations or travel abroad.

What could Health and Health Care look like in 2020? Watch the Growth scenario video at http://www.hc2020.org/discipline and comment how are we moving towards or moving away from this scenario?

Healthcare 2020 is an initiative from The Institute for the Future (IFTF) http://www.iftf.org

The Future of Healthcare by 2020: the growth scenario

It’s boom-time in the global health economy. Major breakthroughs for treating major chronic diseases are reached in biotech, genetic medicine, powered in part by improved IT. These breakthroughs did not reduce costs, however. In the growing number of states where coverage is mandated, this explosion is heightened by the creation of millions of fully insured customers. New jobs in health care are materializing every day. And with the oldest baby boomers now in their mid-70s, millions more Americans have entered the period of life where their utilization of health care services is more intense and costly. As a result, health and wellness categories continue to be one of the only profitable sectors of the economy, even at the expense of others.

What could Health and Health Care look like in 2020? Watch the Growth scenario video at http://www.hc2020.org/growth and comment how are we moving towards or moving away
from this scenario?

Healthcare 2020 is an initiative from The Institute for the Future (IFTF) http://www.iftf.org

Monday, August 03, 2009

UK HealthCare robotics

Robots can transport supplies and laboratory specimens from one location to another decreasing the amount of staff time needed to walk from the clinic to the hospital and more time for patients.