That is the question that everyone involved in the healthcare industry, particularly medical tourism industry, is always asking. With constant advancements in technology and many countries passing new healthcare legislation, it is sometimes hard to predict what healthcare will be like in the future.
It is this same questions that bestselling author Rohit Bhargava (Likeonomics) and noted digital health futurist Fard Johnmar tackle in their new book ePatient 2015 – 15 Surprising Trends Changing Health Care. We at the Medical Tourism Association are always trying to keep a pulse on the global healthcare industry, so we are thrilled that Rohit has agreed to speak and share these trends that he outlines in his book at our annual conference, the 7th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress.
The book looks at how technology and empowered patients are fundamentally changing health care – and a vitally important reminder that the future of health care is about more than who pays for it. “One of the trends that we talked about in the report is something that we called ‘CareHacking.’ It is essentially that idea of hacking that is familiar to people in the technology, applying it to healthcare and using it to describe this phenomenon of patients going on and yes finding out their own information, but even finding their own doctors, finding their own solution, aggregating their own patient support networks. All of these are signs that patients are figuring out the system to get better care and also to actually save money,” Rohit explained in an interview with Bloomberg TV. Taking a global view, the book brings readers on a journey from the robotics labs of Japan to a tiny Dutch city using data to revolutionize breast cancer treatment. These are the stories that bring 15 bold new trends shaping the future of health care to life, including “The Over-Quantified Self,” “CareHacking,” “MicroHealth Rewards,” and “Multicultural Misalignment” to name a few.
Do you have any predictions for healthcare in 2015? Please share your thoughts and post a comment!
…and of course we also hope that you will join us for an in-person discussion on the topic this September in Washington DC! Click here to register!