The Future of Healthcare
You would be forgiven for thinking the future of healthcare looks bleak in the UK. However, technological advances present a wealth of potential to ease the burden on the NHS and give people more control of their wellbeing.
The Future of Healthcare special report, published in The Times, features expert opinion on coping with an ageing population, evolving technology in medical research and Amazon’s move into corporate healthcare. Also featured is the debate on how effective antidepressants are and an infographic on wearable healthcare devices.
1) Preventative healthcare and tackling challenges of an ageing population
As the UK population ages, the need for preventative healthcare and societal change has become immediate.
2) Digital healthcare puts patients in control of their health
Development of digital technology is helping to deliver personalised treatments which involve patients in their healthcare
3) How 3D printing is transforming healthcare
Technological advances look set to make 3D printing the most rapidly evolving technology in medical research, with the potential to transform healthcare
4) The benefits of value-based healthcare
Moving from volume to value-based healthcare is not without its challenges, but puts patients’ wellbeing first
5) ‘It’s time the NHS recognised the potential of medical technology’
The NHS is creaking under the strain of an ageing population, a growth in costly long-term conditions and mounting budget deficits
6) Debate: Do antidepressants work?
“Doctor please, some more of these” moaned Rolling Stone Mick Jagger on the 1966 track Mother’s Little Helper as a generation turned on to the prescribed drugs deemed to blunt the corrosive impact of modern life. Fifty years later and 64.7 million prescriptions for antidepressants were handed out in 2016 by doctors in the UK, but debate rages over how effective they are.
7) The healthcare case for sharing medical data with blockchain
Health services need to improve data-sharing for better patient care, treatment and research outcomes, but whether blockchain is the right facilitator remains to be seen
8) Company cover for workplace wellness
Companies are increasingly providing private health cover for employees in a bid to gain flexibility and convenience, while at the same time helping to relieve pressure on the NHS
9) Help for people living longer with dementia
The increase of dementia among the UK’s ageing population calls for urgent action to avoid the health service being overwhelmed by elderly sufferers
10) Feeling the pain of an opioid crisis
Prescription and illegal painkillers are wreaking havoc in the United States, so how can the UK avoid an escalating opioid crisis?