“This current moment was once your unimaginable future!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
I had my second shot on the weekend, in a Walmart pharmacy of all places, by a young pharmacist by the name of Harbir.
It all makes sense; since the early 2000s, I’ve been talking about disruptive change in the world of healthcare, including the observation that we would see pharmacies take over an increasing portion of routine healthcare. I’d often tell the story at an extensive number of conferences about a disruptive initiative that caught my imagination years ago known as MinuteClinic, which featured the memorable tagline: “You’re sick. We’re quick.” The initiative was eventually bought out by and is now a part of the massive CVS Pharmacy chain in the US.
That’s but one of the dozens of trends that are now coming together all at once. I’ve long been preaching the message that the acceleration of genomic science would result in the acceleration of the discovery of new forms of pharmaceuticals. I’ve long been talking about the fact that we live in a world of accelerated diagnostics, new forms of medical treatment, the rapid emergence of new drugs, faster diagnostic tools, the disruptive reach of connected medical devices, and the arrival of a new and younger medical professional who was open to faster change.
I must have bent the ear off of young Harbir while he was getting my shot ready, as I babbled on about all of this.
I guess when I don’t have an audience, I manage to find one!
But the simple fact remains – we are all now living through the very future that we once imagined.