The Young Foundation briefing on achieving radical improvements in healthcare outlines a great list of points about why healthcare needs to change:
“This challenge to healthcare is being driven by a combination of cost pressures,
public demands and the new possibilities opened up by the availability of far more
data, and far better tools for predicting health outcomes and acute events:
• The 20th century focus on clinical interventions for acute diseases has been partly replaced by a need to focus on managing long-term conditions and an ageing society. Better diagnostics and treatments for diseases until recently untreatable have drastically increased our capability to extend and often improve life. We see many health systems around the world now grappling with the challenge of innovation – matching the very mature systems which exist for innovation in treatments, and medical technologies, with equally successful systems to innovate in services or public health.
• Improved knowledge and access to information means that public expectations are higher than ever, while the capacity of health systems is being limited by reducing workforce capacity and financial constraints.
• The drive towards more self-management and peer management means that healthcare will increasingly involve education and learning as well, with a growing need for new ways to access advice, information, skills and the most up-to-date research evidence.
• The growing need to find better ways to mobilise family, friends and communities to complement professional clinical care
• Technological progress, including in the internet, mobile phones, apps and the emerging ‘Internet of Things’ all open up radically new options for healthcare, alongside the continuing flow of new treatments and clinical procedures.”