Technology is a key enabler in the pursuit of safe and sustainable person-centred healthcare for all…
Access to safe, effective, and efficient health services is a fundamental human right, yet healthcare faces significant and deepening threats to its ability to meet the needs of humanity.
The development and adoption of technology, through collaboration between healthcare and life sciences, is seen as crucial to overcoming many of these challenges. Technology has the potential to reduce fragmentation, decrease costs, and improve the safety of the patient experience.
Key technology trends that will have significant impact towards 2025 include personalization of medicine, surgery based on genomic information, and the use of additive manufacturing (3D printing) and nanotechnology to make cellular repairs or produce prostheses and organs tailored to an individual’s body and lifestyle. Furthermore, the spread of mobile health (mHealth) technology will improve access to healthcare, as assessment and intervention will be possible to access remotely.
The opportunity for technology to add value to healthcare is dependent, however, on its adoption being managed coherently. Grasping this opportunity demands a methodical approach that ensures that risks to the successful use of technology from a healthcare system perspective are identified and managed.