Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Future of Healthcare by 2020: the transformation scenario

Our long-term health has become a major national and personal focus. In the last ten years, we have seen the convergence of several social movements that recognize that people’s actions are situated in a larger ecosystem of causes and effects. Especially pronounced are movements to provide holistically healthy environments and habits for children, and to create more supportive, less costly systems for end-of-life care. Sophisticated feedback technologies encourage the healthy to stay well, as part of a low key but pervasive system for preventive health. A substantial portion of the population is becoming convinced that they can no longer live however they please, and rely on health care to “fix” them when health problems arise. People, companies, communities, and our nation as a whole have a responsibility to work together to change behaviors and structures that nurture health resilience.

What could Health and Health Care look like in 2020? Watch the Collapse transformation video at http://www.hc2020.org/transformation and comment how are we moving towards or moving away from this scenario?

Healthcare 2020 is an initiative from The Institute for the Future (IFTF) http://www.iftf.org

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