THE PHYSICIAN OF THE FUTURE: LOOKING THIRTY YEARS AHEAD
Healthcare Megatrends, will determine the ultimate pathway to our new destination. Three prime drivers of healthcare change on the horizon are consumerism, biologically-informed precision medicine and technological innovation.
Consumerism implies the conversion of the passive patient into an active, informed, data-driven individual. Central to this notion will be the realization of transition to health rather than disease. A new generation of primordial care providers, those that prevent the generation of risk factors for disease, will take root. Clinical care will transform to team based care with a focus on patient centered, accountable, appropriate systematic care for populations.
Bio-Analytical Precision Medicine will evolve on the backbone of the genomic revolution coupled with biomarker assisted accurate phenotyping of patients and the availability of Big Data computational ability.
Technological Innovation, that spans discovery in molecular biology, nanomedicine, gene editing, robotics, virtual reality, micro devices for repair and remote capabilities will transform the specialist of the future into a “hyper-specialist”.