A series of macro forces are driving change in the healthcare system, as the pressure placed on the sector by a global pandemic is met with shifting consumer attitudes and all-new technological capabilities, including:
: System under pressure - The global pandemic has placed the NHS under an inordinate amount of stress. General practices are feeling the strain, with overworked staff and patients who are understandably aggrieved by long waiting times and difficulty with access.
: Proactive Health - In the past few years health has become increasingly important to people, and a mainstream lifestyle pursuit. In the UK, the average consumer will spend £487 per head on wellness in 2022.
: Accelerating Tech - According to McKinsey & Co, society experienced five years of digital transformation in the first eight weeks of the pandemic alone.
: Digital Gap - As technological acceleration continues, the gap between the digitally literate and illiterate risks becoming a barrier to adoption among patients and practice staff alike, creating a digital divide across demographic lines.
As well as the home, the general practice will itself undergo a massive overhaul in the next decade, creating a space that caters both for the needs of its employees – who require flexibi- lity and mental health breaks – and those of its patients.
No longer simply a site of sickness, the surgery will instead be an anchor institution for health and wellbeing. Wellness architecture principles will be embedded throughout, while the wellbeing of the staff will be one of the core tenets of each space, and digital literacy and empowerment a priority.
So what is this future set to look like by 2030?
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The advancement of diagnostic tools and other technologies is enabling non-essential care and monitoring to occur outside the GP surgery, alleviating pressure points.
From at-home tests to increasingly sophisticated smart devices, this shift is also creating new levels of data – both historic and real-time – and, in turn, opportunities for enhanced care.
In the report, we break this down into key themes including:
: DIY Diagnostics - By 2030, highly sophisticated at-home diagnos- tic tests will enable Britons to take their health into their own hands.
: Connected GPs - Advances in wearable technologies and remote monitoring are enabling doctors’ surgeries to become more connected to their patients, transforming the efficiency and capabilities of the general practice.
: Healthy Homes - The home of 2030 will be embedded with smart devices and sensors, helping people to monitor their health in real time and connecting them with their GP surgery when necessary.
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