Are we prepared for the digital future of healthcare?
In the interactive session: The digital future of healthcare, we were building for the future of digital healthcare, not just with Lego but also with bold ideas.
It is hardly news to the participants of this convention that a digital healthcare revolution is upon us. In this session, moderated by Bogi Eliasen (Copenhagen Institute of Future Studies) and Jörg-Michael Rupp (Roche), seven important themes regarding the future of healthcare were discussed in small groups:
- Prevention and Early detection
- Tech and AI
- Data sharing and Governance
- Person and Patient Empowerment
- Personalized Care
- Connecting Health Data Across Europe
Challenges surrounding these themes are many and some common issues appeared in the groups. One of theme is highly relevant for young professionals and future health care workers and policy makers: digital literacy.
It is obvious that the level of digital literacy needs to be addressed. More specifically, the level of (or lack of) AI literacy needs to be addressed on all levels; patients and citizens, healthcare workers and policy makers. Health education is lacking behind. There is an urgent need to incorporate AI (and other digital technologies) in the curriculum for all health educations. As the popular saying goes: AI will not replace doctors but doctors who use AI will replace doctors who don’t. Nurses that use AI will replace doctors that use AI. Patients that use AI will replace all of the above.
With the use of very analog tools (Lego, post-its and voting tokens) the future of digital health was explored in a room full of European healthcare leaders. It is clear that we are standing in front of a lot of new opportunities. But a lot of challenges need to be addressed. The overall impression is that leaders and policy makers are not up to speed with the fast evolving digital future of healthcare
The take away message: If we impose new technologies on a broken system, we will only create more problems. We need to prepare the system for the changes that are coming (and that are already here).
This Blog was written by the Young Gasteiner Anton Hasselgren