Recap from the 2016 Future of Healthcare panel

 

Science-fiction books and films have always spun tales of a future where people are healthier, lead longer lives, and control their own care. As life imitates art and we adapt to a world of self-driving cars, wearable technology and "the Uber of everything," what trends are catalyzing these shifts in healthcare? Will home become the new hospital?  

Speck Design and a panel of thought-leaders from managed healthcare, the Silicon Valley VC community, and software disrupters examined the consumerization of patient care. 

Learn more about the panelists here.

What are the best opportunities for innovation?

Diabetes, chronic diseases, and holistic care will all benefit from the new wave of connected health solutions.

How do we navigate the gap to get from data to information to action?

Data allows patients to be their own change agents while empowering caregivers to focus on the highest value activities.

What are the information design challenges associated with this shift?

There is a critical need for information presented to patients to be understandable. Designing information for the needs of caregivers is a ripe opportunity for improving the system today.

What are the roles of wearables and devices?

New virtual coaches may be coming online soon. There is a lot of data available already, but A.I. will make the devices more valuable by synthesizing the data for patients and caregivers.

What are you afraid of when it comes to the future of healthcare?

Overcome the dark side of data. Pay attention to the satisfaction of healthcare providers. And by the way, who is going to pay for all this innovation?

What are you afraid of when it comes to the future of healthcare?

Overcome the dark side of data. Pay attention to the satisfaction of healthcare providers. And by the way, who is going to pay for all this innovation?

How do you change the patient's mindset?

Focus investments where behavior change moves the needle in a meaningful way for patients. Also look for innovation in low-tech communication paths such as hairdressers educating customers about breast cancer detection.

What about children and other disadvantaged healthcare participants?

Form a patient and caregiver partnership to get to the right level of data granularity. And find out what happens when you give your mom a fitbit to track her health.