The Future of Healthcare (1/21/15): Working Topic Outline

(Preliminary 11/18/14) We invite registered Think Tank attendees to share the topics they’d like to see addressed during the interactive session. Here’s a working list of possible topics for the Future of Healthcare, taking place on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, reflecting input from our lead participants and registered attendees.  The event page and signup form are at Feel free to add a comment with your own topics and themes or highlight the ones you find particularly compelling. (You can also email to with the subject “Think Tank Topics.)

Key Issues and Challenges:

  • Empowered patients with powerful technologies
  • Cost-effectiveness / Affordability / Business models
  • Complexity / Variability / Hidden variables
  • Human error / Judgment
  • Data access/privatization
  • Current costs vs. uncertain future benefits
  • 4Ws: Who pays?…benefits?…suffers?…profits?

Promising Solutions

  • Systems Medicine:  Predictive, Personalized, Preventive, Participatory (P4) + Population (P5)
  • Consumer empowerment and nudging
    • Tracking
    • DIY Diagnosis
    • Wellness / Prevention / Health management
  • Quantified Self
    • Personal Health platforms
    • Sensors (wearable/implantable)
    • Contextual data
    • Electronic Health Record / Personal Health Record
  • Personalized medicine
    • Consumer genomics
    • Epigenetics, microbiomes, etc.
    • Data-driven treatment / Predictive analytics
  • Orchestrated care
    • Big Data and the Cloud
    • Integrative medicine
    • Telemedicine
  • Business models
    • Crowdsourced medicine
    • Outcomes pricing
    • Government-industry initiatives
    • Single Payor? High deductible?

Change Resistance

  • Perverse economics (Multi-party payors, blockbusters, …)
  • Regulation / Privacy / Trust / Safety

________________________________ Some links to background of interest:


2 thoughts on “The Future of Healthcare (1/21/15): Working Topic Outline

  1. Keith Markey says:

    Suggestion for another topic or topic area:
    The Next Legislative Step(s) in Healthcare

  2. Fard Johnmar says:

    There are a number of other topics we can address that are related to these issues, such as how genomic data is being used to streamline care, cloud-powered medical research and predictive analytics. I cover a range of these topics in the SlideShare presentation located at this link:

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