“The size of your dream should exceed the scope of your challenge!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
I’m in Lansing, Michigan this morning! My client, McLaren–Greater Lansing Hospital, plans to build a new $450 million hospital facility. They’ve invited me in to inspire the local community on what the facility might look like, in terms of the future of healthcare and medical trends. Healthcare is moving so fast that what you might plan for today might become obsolete tomorrow – and so our plans and vision should be bigger than we Once we get beyond the politics of healthcare (which is, in of itself, a massive problem), the challenges are vast. For example a very real trend is that the community will see an increasing number of baby boomers with lifestyle disease, at the same time that we see vast increases in the numbers of people with dementia and Alzheimers. Then there is the basic demographic challenge of our time – an increasing number of elderly requiring seniors care facility, at the same time that we witness fewer workers to support the massive uptick in spending that this will require. Even so, the opportunity is vast. With genomic medicine, we will treat patients for the conditions we know they are likely to develop, and re-architect the system around that reality. A system which will provide for virtual care through bio-connectivity, and extension of the hospital into a community-care oriented structure. A consumer driven, retail oriented health care environment for non-critical care treatment that provides significant opportunities for cost reduction. Real time analytics and location-intelligence capabilities which provide for community-wide monitoring of emerging health care challenges. “ The fact is, we are going to witness more change in the scientific and technological world of health care in the next ten years than we have seen in the last 25 – and that’s what I will cover in my community keynote today!