A lot has been said about the disruptive effects of emerging technologies on diagnostics, clinical decision making, therapy and patient engagement. However a new report from the health technology research, innovation and consulting company suggests emerging technologies will have a profound impact on the organization and composition of future health care systems. The report details eight national trends that will drastically reduce the need for hospitals, radically change insurance practices, provide disruptive new business models in health care. The resulting systems will not be located in one centralized area but more virtual and located in consumers connected smart homes and communities that automatically treat the environment not just the patient, sometimes before they or family members recognize they are even sick.
If the authors are right, the healthcare systems of tomorrow will look nothing like the healthcare systems of today, yet these future systems will provide better care, when consumers need it, at lower cost and with higher patient satisfaction and better outcomes. At this point, it is probably reasonable to drop the mic!