Intelligent technology enabled healthcare has the potential to address people empowerd healthcare and healthcare costs, which are escalating at an alarming rate. It is well reported that some of these costs are due to non or ineffective usage of smarter intelligent technologies.
The journey a patient takes down the healthcare pathway is fraught with road blocks, wrong turns and misinformation. All of which leads to longer waiting times, poor diagnostics and abortive consultations and treatments until the right result is achieved. In turn, the healthcare pathway forms part of a wider model that is cumbersome, inefficient, and regularly seeks to minimise transactional costs rather than long-term consequential costs. Why is this? Does it need to be this way?
I believe that a smarter technology-enabled healthcare pathway has the potential to significantly improve peoples health and reduce total healthcare costs. So that intelligent healthcare, together with connected health, will enable more efficient healthcare delivery on a global scale.
Below, we set out some of the emerging trends that we see shaping the healthcare of the future.
Smarter Healthcare systems will promote maintenance of good health and wellness
Delivery of healthcare will shift from a curative and reactive approach to proactive, preventative health management. Eventually, individuals will become ‘health activists’ and take ownership of their lifestyle and future health. Samsung Health an Smarter Phones and Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGM) are examples of Systems that health activists are using to improve their health.
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Patients will be empowered to manage their own healthcare
Modern medicine has enabled people with chronic conditions to live for decades through close supervision, medication, surgery and other treatments. Patients of the future will be engaged in the management of their conditions and healthcare, preventing escalation and deterioration of their health because they have the tools and desire to do so.
New medical devices and interventions are now able to offer patients treatments and diagnoses previously unavailable. For example, they can advance the identification and treatment of disease, provide for more comfortable treatment regimes and reduce pain, offer new treatment options for ill individuals and can provide a safer environment for both patients and providers. In many cases, medical technologies accomplish these improvements cost effectively, and in some cases can reduce costs while improving outcomes.
In numerous ways, medical technologies can improve access to and effectiveness of care, decrease morbidity and mortality, speed up recovery, and increase patient comfort. These benefits are not just theoretical, but have been quantified and published in several studies (Wanless Report, 2002, Medical Technology in Canada, Fraser Institute, 2008 and recently Deloitte Global health care outlook, 2018). Embedded PDF: gx-lshc-hc-outlook-2018
Healthcare will be tailored around the complex needs of individuals
People-centred health will be a dominant theme in driving new models of care. Preventative care will be tailored around the situational and complex needs of individuals and groups and will draw on the possibilities opened up by stratified medicines and other targeted approaches, providing more personalised solutions and treatments.
The business model for healthcare delivery will become outcomes-based
We will see a move from the current transactional approach (rewarding the event-based volume of healthcare delivery, irrespective of outcome) to an outcome-based model rewarding the quality of the result and underpinning healthcare provided. This will increase the incentive for all stakeholders to deliver effective preventive healthcare.
Aspects of healthcare management will become simplified
Simplification will enable the conversion of complex processes into simple rule-based approaches, taking work away from expensive highly trained experts to patients or less costly support staff. It will enable the decentralisation of healthcare delivery from hospitals to patients’ homes and liberate skilled practitioners to focus on acute and complex conditions.
Our vision of smarter healthcare is a model that encourages joint ownership between patients and clinicians, to prevent illness and escalation. It involves patients and all stakeholders in the delivery of a healthcare that is tailored to the specific needs of individuals. Connected technologies, social media and the consumerisation of healthcare will all play a central role in achieving this vision.