I think the patient movement has started, and it’s growing, but sooner or later the regulatory and policy makers have to make the necessary changes for the system to reach fruition.
In terms of technology in healthcare, the shift that everyone is talking about is how healthcare needs to move into people’s homes. For this to happen, the technology needs to be designed differently. If we want people to be able to take care of themselves, we must equip them with technology that is designed for them as primary users. We need healthcare systems to support that transition, as well as a reimbursement systems to support it.
I think that one of the biggest opportunities in healthcare, if done correctly, would be to invest in the development of self-care models. Prevention – stopping people from becoming ill in the first place – is an area where spending can be reallocated or used in a more efficient and effective way. For example, motivating people who have a chronic disease to lead a healthier lifestyle.