Data, 'care enablement' to shape healthcare in 2040, Deloitte says

Three trends will likely shape healthcare in 2040, according to an analysis from consulting firm Deloitte.

The analysis is based on the idea that shifts in innovation tend to occur in seven-year cycles, according to Deloitte. With that in mind, the firm looked back over the past three innovation cycles to guide its thinking into what healthcare will look like in 21 years.

"By 2040, healthcare as we know it today will no longer exist," the analysis reads. "There will be a fundamental shift from 'healthcare' to 'health.' … The future will be focused on wellness and managed by companies that assume new roles to drive value in the transformed health ecosystem."

Three trends that will define healthcare in 2040, as outlined by Deloitte:

1. Data and platforms. "These archetypes will be the foundational infrastructure that form the backbone of tomorrow's health ecosystem. They will generate the insights for decision making … While disease will never be completely eliminated, through science, data and technology, we will be able to identify it earlier, intervene proactively and better understand its progression."

2. Care enablement. "These archetypes will be connectors, financers and regulators that help make the industry's 'engine' run."

3. Well-being and care delivery. "These archetypes will be the most health-focused of the three groupings, made up of care facilities and health communities — both virtual and physical — and will provide consumer-centric delivery of products, care, wellness and well-being."

To access Deloitte's analysis, click here.

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