- Providers are turning to technology partners to help unlock the value of data
To realise their vision of delivering integrated care across settings, healthcare leaders and younger healthcare professionals realise they need to liberate data and make it available when and where it is needed. That’s why they also see an important role for partnering with health technology companies and data/IT providers. More specifically, when asked which factors will determine the success of new care delivery models, healthcare leaders and younger healthcare professionals were united in calling out interoperability across systems and platforms (28% across both groups combined) and timely and smart data sharing (27%). Or as one CIO recently told me: “When a pilot is flying a plane, all relevant data is gathered for them in one digital display, irrespective of who manufactured the underlying instruments. It should be the same in healthcare.” And he is right: interoperability and data liquidity is what we should be aiming for with all informatics solutions. That’s how we can enable data to flow without friction to generate actionable insights at the point of care.
- Providers are partnering to accelerate environmental sustainability initiatives
In recent years, healthcare providers have come to recognise the sector’s responsibility in reducing its sizeable carbon footprint. In fact, I am seeing firsthand how it is becoming a key consideration for hospitals in establishing strategic partnerships with companies like Philips. A new eco-conscious generation of talent is also asking for it. More than one-third of younger healthcare professionals (35%) consider it important that a hospital has strong sustainability practices in place. However, our survey findings reveal there are several barriers holding healthcare leaders back in implementing environmental sustainability initiatives – including a lack of clear standards and agreed metrics for measuring success. Again, that is where providers are looking to collaborate with peers and third parties. They also want to share best practices and measure progress against clear targets.
Taken together, these findings paint a future where healthcare is delivered in more connected, convenient, and sustainable ways across care settings, enabled by digital technology and collaboration.
Going forward, clinical, and economic evidence of the benefits of new care delivery models will be essential in driving further adoption by payers and providers. Limited-scope pilots conducted with partners can help generate that evidence, showing how digital innovations can improve patient health outcomes as well as the patient and staff experience. Similarly, being able to measure progress on environmental sustainability goals will help propel green initiatives in healthcare.
I invite you to explore the survey findings in more detail and reflect on what they mean for your organisation. Where will you take healthcare next? I hope you find inspiration from current and future healthcare leaders in the full Future Health Index 2023 report!