What We Do
As a principal health care researcher for IFTF’s Health program, Rachel combines a deep understanding of health finance with an interest in the impact of new media and mobile personal technologies on health practices. She shares her perspective on the future of health, health care, and well-being as the author or co-author of numerous IFTF reports, as a speaker at health care conferences, and as a meeting facilitator at client workshops and strategic retreats. She serves on the Henry Ford Hospital and Medical Group National Advisory Council.
Rachel’s research efforts center on the intersection of health care delivery systems and mobile technologies. She studies how smart, mobile, and increasingly less expensive technologies are transforming self-care and beginning to disrupt clinical care. She has been a contributor to the Health Horizons program’s annual forecast perspectives, map of the decade, and annual retreats since 2006. Rachel holds a BA in politics from Oberlin College and an MPAff (master of public affairs) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Making the Future
“This is an exciting time for health care systems across the globe to think about transformation. Social and technological forces are uprooting long-standing practices, processes, and paradigms in health care, opening the door to new approaches to extending ‘healthspans’ and supporting well-being. Amid the uncertainty and volatility in health care today, futures thinking and forecasting are essential tools for enabling health care delivery systems to better prepare for a constantly evolving health and well-being landscape.”