The Australian Digital Health Agency joined digital health leaders from 18 countries and territories, together with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Hong Kong SAR recently, for the fifth Global Digital Health Partnership Summit (GDHP). As reported, they gathered to collaborate and share their experiences as well as to improve the implementation of digital health services. GDHP Chair and Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, Ms Preeti Sudan described the fifth summit of the Global Digital Health Partnership as a path-breaking event that highlighted advances and experiences around the world, particularly the importance of patient-centered health care. According to Dr Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Senior Advisor, World Health Organization, digital health interventions are fundamentally changing the way healthcare is delivered. These interventions are most useful when they help countries to advance their sustainable development goals (SDGs) and health coverage for their population.
Access to reliable information and connectivity in the healthcare ecosystem are the crucial factors in modernising health, care and prevention delivery. To tackle global health risks and rising healthcare costs, to effectively fight health inequalities and strengthen medical research, public health is reaching for technology. "There are, in effect, two things, to know and to believe one knows; to know is science; to believe one knows is ignorance," said Hippocrates. Today's global health strategies, policies, and decisions still too often hinge on conjectures and incomplete information. The OECD report "Health at a Glance: Europe 2018" suggests that up to one-fifth of health spending is wasteful and could be eliminated without undermining health system performance.
The adage, "What goes up, must come down," isn't likely to apply to the global health care sector in 2019. Aging and growing populations, greater prevalence of chronic diseases, exponential advances in innovative, but costly, digital technologies--these and other developments continue to increase health care demand and expenditures. This vision may have a greater probability of becoming a reality if all stakeholders actively participate in shaping the future-- by way of shifting focus away from a system of sick care in which we treat patients after they fall ill, to one of health care which supports well-being, prevention, and early intervention. This 2019 outlook reviews the current state of the global health care sector and explores trends and issues impacting health care providers, governments, payers, patients, and other stakeholders. It also outlines suggestions for them as they seek to redefine the health care ecosystem and looks at examples from the market.
We recently held our FutureWorks Global Employer Forum in London to discuss the megatrends that will impact global businesses and the future of work. Together with HR and employment leaders from some of the largest and most innovative companies in the world, as well as leading academics and thinkers, we looked at how global employers can embrace the opportunities and manage the coming shocks. At the FutureWorks forum our expert speakers and thought leaders presented and discussed large-scale trends that will change our world, the changing nature of work itself and how new technologies from machine learning to biomedical enhancements are transforming the workplace and raising ethical questions on their own. We have summarized the key thinking from for our two days together and are pleased to share The Global Employer Forum Future Works report with you. Click here or on the image to view The Global Employer Forum Future Works report.