IFTF + You
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.
We’ve just experienced a decade in which people looked beyond the traditional health care delivery system and turned to the broader marketplace in pursuit of health and well-being. But this shift is far from over. Changes in society and technology are still reshaping the Global Health Economy. And the coming decade holds the potential for radical transformation. What is your place in the Global Health Economy of 2026?
Ten years ago, Health Horizons explored the emergent Global Health Economy as new entrants, from consumer electronics to beauty companies, claimed territory in health, well-being, and health care. Today, after of a decade of people looking beyond just the traditional health care delivery system for solutions, this Global Health Economy is still undergoing dramatic change.
People—eaters, caregivers, citizen scientists, breakout innovators, patients—ultimately shape this economy. And looming shifts in demographics and changing values are altering their health and well-being wants and needs. At the same time, advances in technology and scientific understanding, from automation and cloud intelligence to open science and biotech, are changing the means we have to meet these new demands. It is the interplay of this social and technological change that will define the opportunities and challenges in the Global Health Economy over the next decade.
In 2016, we will publish a forecast map of our research findings. In it, we will identify the forces driving change in health and well-being and map their most impactful possibilities across the domains of the Global Health Economy.
On September 13–15, we will hold a foresight retreat and work directly with you to help you develop actionable insights for you and your organization.
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For more details on our health research or how to become a member, contact:
Dawn Alva | firstname.lastname@example.org | 650-233-9585