From Fast Company:
…worlds are colliding. The consumerization of health care has begun and the idea of doctor as driver and patient as bystander is nothing short of archaic. Today, the clearly demarcated lines between patient and caregiver are becoming blurred as patients are tasked with stepping up to the plate and actively engaging in their own health and well-being.
The author of the linked article, Dr. Nick van Terheyden, looks at a film from 60 years ago predicting the hospital of the future. He is amused by what they got right and wrong and makes the observation that we are unknowingly restricted in our vision of the future by our present.
Bill Gates, who was better at predicting the future than most of us said, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.”
Never the less Dr. van Terheyden makes some predictions based on improved technology, increased medical consumerism and the decentralization of health care delivery.
I find his predictions worth noting because they coincide with what I have been predicting for years. Obviously he is a very smart guy. 🙂