Life sciences and health care perspectives: Tech Trends 2019

Navigating digital transformation

Evolving technologies, more challenging market and regulatory forces, and rising consumer expectations mean many leaders in the life sciences and health care industry feel the pressure to understand and anticipate trends.

Reimagining the digital organization for life sciences and health care

Innovation today is focused on creating better outcomes and value and enhancing experiences and opportunities for families, caregivers, and communities, as well as patients.

Below, we explore several important trends through the lenses of the life sciences and health care—including macro technology forces and the ways modern businesses can navigate digital transformation. These forces are actively shaping strategic and operational transformations, redefining IT’s role within the enterprise, and forcing business leaders to reimagine what it means to operate in a digitally-driven global economy.

While complexity and unpredictability are universal, the life sciences and health care industry has a clear and constant mission to steer by: It exists to develop, deliver, and finance the products, services, and support that make the quality of life better for people everywhere.

Through real-world examples and industry-specific examinations of new technology capabilities, these perspectives should help life sciences and health care leaders gain a clearer view of the way new technologies, tools, and techniques can help them answer a timeless need.

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Technology trends facing the life sciences and health care industry

This year’s 2019 tech trends are:

Intelligent interfaces

Intelligent interfaces combine the latest in human-centered design with leading-edge technologies such as computer vision, conversational voice, auditory analytics, and advanced augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Working in concert, these techniques and capabilities can transform the ways we engage with machines, data, and each other.

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Beyond marketing: Experience reimagined

Today’s astute customers expect highly personalized, contextualized experiences. To deliver them, leading chief marketing officers are looking inward to closer partnerships with their own CIOs and a new generation of marketing tools and techniques powered by data-enabled emerging technologies.

Macro forces

DevSecOps and the cyber imperative

To enhance their approaches to cybersecurity and cyber risk, forward-thinking organizations are embedding security, privacy, policy, and controls into their evolved IT delivery models. DevSecOps fundamentally transforms cyber and risk management from compliance-based activities (typically undertaken late in the development life cycle) into essential framing mindsets that help shape system design from the ground up.

Artificial intelligence

Beyond the digital frontier: Mapping your future

Digital transformation has become a rallying cry for business and technology strategists. Yet all too often, companies anchor their approach on a specific technology advance. Developing a systematic approach for identifying and harnessing opportunities born of the intersections of technology, science, and business is an essential first step in demystifying digital transformation, and making it concrete, achievable, and measurable.

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Connectivity of tomorrow

Advanced networking offers a continuum of connectivity that can drive development of new products and services or transform inefficient operating models. From edge computing and mesh networks to 5G, low Earth orbit satellites, and ultrabroadband, organizations across sectors and geographies are relooking at advanced connectivity options to design tomorrow’s enterprise networks.


NoOps in a serverless world

Cloud providers have doggedly automated traditional infrastructure and security management tasks and are increasing the complexity and value of “as a Service” capabilities. As a result, technical resources are interacting less and less with the underlying system infrastructure. Operations talent can shift to increasingly agile teams focusing on higher-order (and higher-value) activities that more directly support mission outcomes.

Intelligent interfaces

AI-fueled organizations

Leading organizations are harnessing AI’s full potential for data-driven decision making and generating valuable insights. To become a true “AI-fueled” organization, a company needs to find AI’s place in the mission, rethink its talent, focus on human and machine interaction in its environment, and deploy machine learning across core business processes and enterprise operations.


Macro technology forces at work

Nine technology forces (cloud, analytics, digital experience, blockchain, cognitive, digital reality, core modernization, cyber, and the business of technology) have been the backbone of innovation past and present. These forces are critical for organizations—their controlled collision can compound the effect of purposeful, transformational change. What is the “state of the state” of these forces today and how are organizations harnessing them?

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