Health care landscape
Health care systems around the world are under increasing economic pressure. More people are living longer, and more are living with chronic conditions – driving healthcare spending to unsustainable levels. Shortages of healthcare professionals are also adding to the relentless challenge of delivering better care at lower cost to growing patient populations.
Fundamental transformative changes are already taking place in the health care industry to enable the provision of affordable, quality care to everyone who needs it. There is a shift in emphasis from volume to value, and from a singular focus on clinical outcomes to a more holistic approach to population health. Greater attention is also being paid to the benefits of healthy living and home care as a way to lessen the burden on health systems.
Increasingly, providers and patients see the need for patients to take a more active role in managing their health – giving rise to the health consumer. Mobile and digital technologies will be significant enablers of this trend, leading to new care delivery models that give patients more control and responsibility for their healthcare, and offer providers more solutions for improving access and outcomes while managing costs.