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Imagine 2030: What technology will do for clinicians

Editor’s note: What will healthcare look like in the year 2030? To tackle this question, Ed Smith, CBE, FCA, CPFA, Chairman of NHS Improvement in the United Kingdom co-authored a white paper with Dr Anna Bayes, Medical Director for Allscripts UK. This blog post is the first in a three-part series addressing how technology will enable 1) clinicians to diagnose earlier and intervene more effectively, 2) patients to take a more active, central role in their own care and 3) coordination across all care settings. Although the primary focus is on healthcare in the UK, many of the challenges and opportunities are relevant to the global healthcare community.

In developed nations, life expectancy has increased significantly over the last 50 years. For healthcare, this means there are more patients than ever before – often with more complex health concerns – but at the same time the caregiving workforce is shrinking.

To meet the growing demands of an ageing population, clinicians will need better tools to enable smarter healthcare. We’re just beginning to harness the potential of technologies that lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective interventions.

By 2030, experts predict we will see:

1.      More testing and treatment options outside of the hospital. Instead of relying on inpatient services, 2030 will offer more mobile, less invasive and more affordable options.

2.      Real World Data (RWD) to speed availability of new treatments. Vast quantities of data and enhanced computing power will enable realistic statistical comparisons of new treatments against old, unseating traditional controlled clinical trials.

3.      Big data will build predictive models to manage chronic disease. Combining clinical data with other types of data – such as claims data, consumer information and environmental data – will help clinicians find and connect with patients to help prevent or delay onset of chronic disease.

4.      Precision medicine will enable more personalised treatment plans. Using genomic information to personalise care plans is an emerging approach in healthcare today that is moving steadily into the mainstream.

To learn more about some of the cutting-edge technologies emerging today for a better 2030, read this white paper.

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