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Health Futures Lab
No single organization can solve the complex challenges facing the world today, particularly in the fields of health and health care. At IFTF, we bring together a wide variety of stakeholders—from health care to food and retail—to work toward more resilient responses for the complex challenges facing global health.
For more than 30 years IFTF’s Health research has brought futures thinking to the world of health and health care by looking for unexpected connections across this variety of stakeholders. Our research explores the social, scientific, economic and technological forces affecting health and grounds them with a deep understanding of the lives of individuals and families. By sensing connections between large-scale change and individual lives, we help organizations develop strategic insights and long-range initiatives to transcend boundaries and create person-centered approaches to supporting health and well-being.
Amplifying the Health Enterprise
Combinatorial Technologies Transforming the Organization of Health Care
The technological advancements of the last 20 years, often summed up as digitalization, continue to transform just about every arena of business, civic society and everyday life. Already, advances in mobile, wearable, cloud, and machine learning technologies have driven innovations in health from anticipating and tracking health outbreaks to determining personalized therapies. As disruptive as the digitalization of health care has been, the emerging technology ecosystem of the next decade will amplify the health enterprise redistributing many of its function and responsibilities across new digital networks.
The rapid deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT), ambient computing, artificial intelligence, distributed ledgers (blockchain), and immersive media are defining a new innovation landscape for health enterprises. In isolation, these technologies will define new capabilities in the health enterprise. In combination, they will open up entirely new capacities for optimizing care, engaging patients, maximizing value, and responding to the economic and policy realities of the next decade.
By 2030, these combinatorial technologies will enable innovators to reinvent the health enterprise itself. For instance, advances in machine intelligence and IoT will distribute diagnostics into homes and enable care providers to anticipate and prevent health challenges. The combination of distributed ledgers and wearable technology will create programmable value flows where payments can automatically be distributed based on patient outcomes. And, through sophisticated algorithmic triaging and immersive media, health engagement with employees can be personalized, promoting a strong culture of well-being in the workplace and limiting adverse behavioral health events.
Join Institute for the Future’s Health Horizons Program as we dive deep into the emerging combinations of technology that are creating opportunities to distribute the work of the health enterprise, anticipate needs in the system, and program work flows among humans and machines to optimize value and outcomes. We’ll uncover imminent opportunities at the intersection of health and technology by exploring questions like:
› WHICH EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES will combine in the next decade to transform health care enterprises?
› HOW WILL FUNCTIONS AND ROLES get redistributed among patients, clinicians, and machines?
› WHAT NEW CAPACITIES will emerge in distributed health care organizations?
› WHAT UNDERLYING FORCES are emerging that will accelerate adoption and transformation?
› HOW CAN WE BEST SEIZE TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES and manage their tensions and challenges?
› WHAT NEW BUSINESS AND CARE MODELS will be bolstered by these combinatorial technologies?
In 2017, IFTF’s Health Horizons program will map out the emerging technologies that will transform the business of health care. Designed to connect these new technologies to the practical challenges and realities of the health landscape, these deliverables will equip you with tools to jumpstart your innovation strategies and connect long-range planning with urgent decisions and considerations in the present.
- TECHNOLOGY BRIEFS | Building blocks of combinatorial change
- FORECASTS AND IMPLICATIONS | Amplifying the health enterprise
- LEARNING JOURNEY JUNE 6-7 | From foresight-to-insight-to-action