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By Steve Burrill, vice chairman, US health care leader, Deloitte LLP
Several of my Deloitte colleagues have escaped the recent sub-zero wind chills and are now in balmy Orlando for the annual HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition. During sessions and panel discussions, they will lay out Deloitte’s vision for the future of health, which is our theme for this year’s conference. My colleagues will explain how big data can be combined with electronic health records (EHRs) to improve care quality and reduce the administrative burdens on clinicians. They will discuss the evolving partnerships between health plans and hospital systems, and they will explore ways real-world data could be used to keep people healthy and improve population health. All of these topics align with the transformation we are starting to see in health care.
The future of health that we envision is only about 20 years off, but health in 2040 will likely be a world away from what we have now. Based on emerging technology, we can be reasonably certain that digital transformation—enabled by radically interoperable data, artificial intelligence (AI), and open, secure platforms—will drive much of this change. Today’s siloed health care sectors will work more closely together to keep populations healthy, and empowered consumers will help to push this vision forward. Here’s a look at how we expect these forces will play out over the next 20 years:
Along with enjoying some warm weather, I hope everyone who attends this year’s HIMSS conference will have a chance to hear Deloitte’s perspective on the future of health. By 2040, we envision an integrated system that keeps populations healthy and out of the hospital or doctor’s office. Radically interoperable data, empowered consumers, and greater coordination between all health care stakeholders could help us achieve this vision.
1. Gregory J. Moore MD, Ph.D., Google Cloud for Healthcare: new APIs, customers, partners and security updates, March 5, 2018.
Steve, a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP, is the vice chairman and national sector leader for Deloitte’s Health Care practice. He leads a multi-disciplinary team who serves clients through consulting, advisory, audit, and tax services. Steve also leads the overall strategic direction and market eminence of the health care sector, including client-facing leaders’ development and succession, business development efforts, and cross-functional go-to-market strategies. With more than 33 years of experience, Steve has served clients across the health care spectrum–complex large systems, academic medical centers, children’s hospitals, and single location entities–and has led large transformational projects involving acute care hospitals, ambulatory operations, clinics, and physician practices.