You’ve had a tennis accident and suspect the worst: a broken leg. A telemedicine doctor-on-demand confirms your fears. You need to see a physician in person. From your phone, you nab an Uber Health ride (HIPAA-safe, affordable, and reliable) covered by your CVS/Aetna health plan. At a state-of-the-art medical mall, the wait for an x-ray is short. You barely have time to pull out your iPhone and find your secure MyChart health records, data that is owned by you, but protected by blockchain. Like clockwork, the radiologist’s report appears in the app, an orthopedist casts your leg, and you schedule both your follow-up and physical therapy appointments right then and there.
This might sound like science fiction, but it's getting closer every day. Healthcare is on the cusp of a technology revolution. In fact, technology is primed to disrupt healthcare more profoundly than it has any other industry.
Today’s healthcare system is terribly sick, with symptoms like fragmentation, prohibitive costs, bureaucratic red tape, and barriers to access. Tomorrow, technology will drive innovation, automation, transparency, and efficiency. Its effects will upend the industry, shrinking costs, improving outcomes, and rendering the current healthcare landscape unrecognizable.