What healthcare will look like in 2030

Thursday, November 28, 2019


Over the next decade, digital technology will accelerate preventive and personalized medicine, weaving them into the fabric of our daily lives, write Claire Biot, Patrick Johnson, Se´bastien Massart, and Nicolas Pe´cuchet of Dassault Syste`mes in Chapter 7 of the Global Innovation Index 2019.


This article is part of a series about the power of innovation to solve social and economic challenges. Stories and statistics are drawn from the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Global Innovation Index 2019.


The last hundred years have seen human life expectancy drastically improved by innovations in hygiene, infectious disease prevention, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, and surgical procedures. Today, our biggest problem is non-communicable diseases; in high-income countries, nearly half of citizens suffer from chronic disease, while the other half are diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime.


By 2030, digital technology will have revolutionized our approach to preventing these ‘lifestyle diseases’.


A vision of health in 2030


To face the chronic disease burden, healthcare professionals will converge on digital platforms to share population-level and fine-grained health data, with a broad focus on prevention.


By 2030, a new era of personalized health will take a holistic view of the citizen, where long term healthcare becomes deeply integrated into daily life - especially in cities. Digital platforms will play a key role in this transformation.



Smart “cities of health”


More and more cities are looking to transform how citizens interact with public services. In ten years’ time, many will have entered the platform era, using data and technology to create efficient living environments, increase sustainability and improve services.


Achieving a holistic city experience depends on coordinating healthcare, education, housing, mobility, infrastructure and energy. As smart cities create a better citizen experience, “cities of health” will become increasingly attractive.


In a city of health, mobility and transportation will prioritize the health of city-dwellers and social services will be sized relative to neighborhood health indicators. Environmental exposure and air quality will be crossed with patient health to generate new insights into emerging risk factors, which will trigger personalized and community-wide prevention recommendations. Emerging diseases will be monitored to detect clusters of cases and their link with infectious agents or pollutants.


It’s all about you


Digital platforms will connect physicians and care professionals to provide a seamless experience for patients.


For example, the Internet of Experiences (IoE) will enable remote monitoring, leading to more personalized care. Healthcare-related smart home devices will track and manage health at home, reducing healthcare expenditures and inconvenience for patients.


Homes will feature networked health devices, including wearables and sensors, which track vital signs, sleep quality, and other health parameters. By 2030, wearables will not just be monitoring health, they will also serve as treatment dispensers. Telehealth apps will give patients access to health professionals from their phone, tablet or computer.


The widespread use of digital platforms will enable every caretaker to share a holistic vision of their patients, share objectives with colleagues, and make ethical decisions collectively. Meanwhile, citizens will increasingly be empowered to monitor and manage their own health, reaching a new level of autonomy and harmony in their relationship with their body.



The Global Innovation Index 2019 is the result of a collaboration between Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as co-publishers, and their Knowledge Partners, Confederation of Indian Industry, Dassault Systèmes, SEBRAE, Brazilian Micro and Small Industry Support Services, and Brazilian Confederation of Industry.


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