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A life sciences and health care perspective: Tech Trends 2018

Technology trends transforming the future of life sciences and health care

From “doing digital” to “being digital,” that’s where the life sciences and health care industry needs to go. To help your business navigate digital disruption, this series provides a life sciences and health care perspective on Deloitte's 2018 Tech Trends report. From blockchain to digital reality to the no-collar workforce, explore eight trends that are shaping strategic and operational transformations and redefining life sciences and health care.

Digital reality across the journey of care

Tales of transformation: A life sciences and health care podcast series

This Deloitte podcast series explores trends transforming life sciences and health care. From emerging technologies to the rise of the empowered health care customer to the shift from volume to value, this series takes you to the intersection of change where tremendous transformation is happening. Tune in to stay a step ahead of the tremendous change happening in the industry.

Episode 1: Digital reality: Is health care ready?

What if a patient could put aside pamphlets and actually see the impact a diet could have on his or her state of health? What if a surgeon could train or prepare for a complex procedure by simulating it first in a 360-degree 3D simulation? Digital reality is no longer only a concept attributed to the science fiction realm. The immersive technology of augmented and virtual reality is now being applied to many business applications across industries, making these scenarios increasingly realistic. Explore the potential for digital reality in life sciences and health care.

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Digital reality: Is health care ready?

Episode 2: Blockchain: Use cases in life sciences and health care

Blockchain is no longer the new technology kid on the block, but has its potential been fully realized? Or are we barely scratching the surface? What are the possibilities for blockchain—or blockchains—across the life sciences and health care industry?

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Blockchain: Use cases in life sciences and health care

Episode 3: Blockchain: Breaking down industry silos

Blockchain in life sciences and health care: are we looking at a revolution or an evolution? This episode takes a more holistic view of how blockchain can break down industry silos and enable collaboration, coordination, and connectivity across life sciences and health care stakeholders. Learn about the opportunity for blockchain to link the industry around the spectrum of care.

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Blockchain: Breaking down industry silos

Episode 4: No-collar workforce: Technology’s role in the future of work

Disruptive technologies, like machine learning and artificial intelligence, are driving a shift in life sciences and health care to an augmented, no-collar workforce—a powerful collaboration between humans and technology where the unique strengths of both can be leveraged. Listen to the episode to learn more about the benefits of open talent models and the future of work in life sciences and health care.

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No-collar workforce: Technology’s role in the future of work

Digital reality in life sciences and health care

Augmented and digital reality tools are poised to change the ways doctors and patients collaborate

What if a surgeon or patient could train or prepare for a complex procedure by simulating it first in a 360-degree, 3D simulation? What if a patient could put aside the pamphlets and actually see the impact a diet would have on his or her future appearance? What if impaired mobility patients could experience brain- and coordination-building activities in complete safety?

Immersive "digital reality" tools such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are making these scenarios increasingly realistic. As with many earlier technology waves, VR and AR got an early boost from frivolous uses and are graduating to more constructive roles. Barriers to technology, cost, and content are beginning to fall, and early adopters are already hard at work.

Where are these technologies headed in the life sciences and health care sectors? Developers are beginning to hear and answer the call for applications designed specifically for clinical, research, and educational use across the industry. We could soon see a day when VR and AR will be central to core integration, cloud deployment, and enhanced connectivity and access.

Blockchain to blockchains in life sciences and health care

What broader integration is making possible today

For life sciences and health care, blockchain constructs for sharing and authenticating data has the potential to enhance collaboration, trust, interoperability, traceability, and auditability across a range of functions such as clinical trials, supply chain management, financial transactions, credentialing, and claims processing. The shift from blockchain to blockchains—to networks of networks—is particularly compelling in life sciences and health care, where the distinct sectors work together in one broadly interdependent ecosystem.

Among the earliest practical use cases in the industry are ones in which blockchain can help handle identity better—in electronic health records and beyond. In place of multiple, duplicative records crossing from silo to silo, imagine a single, massive, longitudinal patient record that every player in the system—from patient to doctor to insurer to researcher—can use without any loss of privacy or security.

Companies should look to standardize the technology, talent, and platforms that will drive future initiatives. But individual organizations can only go so far in promoting blockchain. Its broad implementation in the life sciences and health care ecosystem will take a “tipping point” of trust and adoption among stakeholders, including patients. Collaborating with different stakeholders on pilots allows organizations to share the costs of experimentation and model the multi-party commitments that a later, full-scale implementation will involve. An architecture that can connect everyone must have broad acceptance before it does connect everyone.

The no-collar workforce in life sciences and health care

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Reengineering technology in life sciences and health care

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Enterprise data sovereignty in life sciences and health care

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The new core in life sciences and health care

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API imperative in life sciences and health care

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Exponential technology watch list in life sciences and health care

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Discover more about the report on Deloitte Insights

As with each edition of our annual Deloitte Insights Tech Trends report, this is part of an ongoing discussion in an ever-evolving field. Our goal is to provide you with pointers to better engage with constituents, make informed decisions, and do more with less. We hope these ideas will help inform and guide your thinking as you explore opportunities to innovate and improve.

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