“Anticipate tomorrow – but act today!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
On this day in 2014, I was the closing speaker at HealthAchieve 2014 in Toronto, Canada, one of the largest healthcare conferences in North America. My talk was centered around the theme of ‘Healthcare 2020.”
My keynote was ‘graphically recorded’ in real-time; Liisa Sorsa at ThinkLinkGraphics caught my opening comment in the headline, which becomes the focus for today’s quote. Click on the image for an expanded view.
The phrase she captured is a pretty concise description of what most people should be doing to align themselves to a faster future. You really should think about doing a better job of anticipating the trends that will impact you, both professionally and personally. Once you understand, don’t defer your effort to act upon them – far too many potential opportunities have been missed because of what I’ve come to call ‘aggressive indecision.’
Instead, turn action into your oxygen! Because otherwise, you might be totally unprepared for what comes next – and what you need to do about it!
Back to the keynote of 2014 – post-covid, it’s pretty obvious that of all the industries subjected to the hyper-change of the previous decade, few have been subjected to such a massive acceleration of all trends as healthcare. Even so, it’s instructive to read the keynote description of the future-oriented topics I covered on stage:
Everyone in a leadership position in the health care system knows that the challenges are substantial and immense. A rapid increase in lifestyle disease, skills shortages, the acceleration of science and medical device technology, combined with cutbacks in funding and resources. That’s why innovation has quickly come to be one of the top issues that senior health care executives and medical professionals are focused on. There is a realization that there is an urgent need to challenge the very philosophies upon which the system is built. That’s why the insight of global futurist Jim Carroll is so timely. In this cutting-edge keynote, he will provide you with insight into the major scientific, technological, consumer, and social trends that will, by the year 2025, allow for some very dramatic changes in the concept of health care delivery.
In the future, we will have successfully transitioned the system from one which “fixes people after they’re sick” to one of preventative, diagnostic genomic-based medicine. Treating patients for the conditions we know they are likely to develop, and re-architecting the system around that reality. A system that 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 provide for community-wide monitoring of emerging health care challenges. “Just-in-time” knowledge concepts will help to deal with a profession in which the volume of knowledge doubles every six years. That and much, much more.
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. In his keynote, Jim puts into perspective why innovation is no longer just a fashionable phrase — it’s the critical new leadership focus for executives in the health care sector.
We aren’t quite there yet, but the industry has certainly moved forward at a furious pace!