Our podcast, The Next Big Thing in Health, explores big new ideas that will help make healthcare more affordable, more available, and more effective. Over the past few years, we’ve heard dozens of quotes from healthcare ecosystem experts about what the future holds.
And the answers, of course, vary. But as Amazon host Amanda Goltz said, “If we all agreed on what the next big thing is going to be – and we weren’t doing it yet, it would be a problem.”
We’ve curated a list of this year’s best predictions for the “next big thing” in impactful reading below.
Make trust a non-negotiable cure
Dr. Jan Berger, President and CEO, Health Intelligence Partners | 10/4/22
“I want to trust a health system that can answer this question: that I can get assistance, when I need treatment, from someone I can trust. I think the next big thing will be the delivery of care in the future. And the where, who, what and why. And we’re seeing it in home care, we see it in community workers who provide care, all kinds of things, so I think it’s going to be the care issue. I really do. Other countries have struggled with this and overcame it in some way. And I think it’s both the exciting opportunity and the challenge we have when roles change within healthcare. “
The power of vegetables
Dr. Sachin Jain, President and CEO, SCAN Group and Health Plan | 20/9/22
“I moved to California eight years ago and have just seen the popularity of vegetarian-only restaurants increase. I followed that trying to understand the trend better, and it turns out that in a number of communities the church is actually preaching to people that they shouldn’t eat a lot of meat because it’s bad for their health. “
Starting with continuous and value-based assistance
Dr. David E. Mino, Senior Health Director, Cigna Healthcare and National Health Director of Orthopedic Surgery and Spinal Disorders, Cigna | 9/8/22
“The expansion of value-based care [that is] truly fully integrated, coordinated and seamless throughout the patient journey, not just when in need of surgery, but when presenting for the first time with symptoms of back pain or hip or knee arthritis is critical”.
Strive for fair and patient-centered care
Dr. Douglas Metz, Executive Vice President and Chief of Health Services, American Specialty Health | 9/8/22
“The next big thing in health is to correct what has always been the most important thing in health. That it is patient-centered service implementation that is fair, cost-effective and clinically effective … Whether it’s a health plan that brings best-in-class benefits, or if the service providers offering the best evidence-based services, that patient-centered equitable care is what we strive for ”.
Commit to meaningful change in health equity
Hilary Marden-Resnik, President and CEO, UCare | 26/07/22
“The next big thing in health from our UCare perspective is to really shift the dial on health disparities. This has always been a UCare goal, as I said, but we know we can do more and we need to do more. We all have a long way to go to undo centuries of structural racism and health care disparities and we all need to do better to understand the conditions that produce these health and racial disparities and then begin to change them. “
Helping all people age beautifully
Joel Theisen, CEO and Founder, Lifespark | 26/07/22
“We want to help people age beautifully, all of them – all people, all seniors, all products … The next big thing is for suppliers and payers to be bold and build truly unique new systems of excellence for these populations to serve. in all cohorts, in all disparities ”.
Catherine Macpherson, Senior Vice President, Healthcare Strategy and Development and Chief Nutrition Officer, Mom’s Meals | 06/14/22
“Instead of a new product or a new offering, what I see as the next big thing is the coordination of care … As we continue to move along the path of more value-based contracts, more delegation to suppliers, thinking about food. and other related SDOH benefits such as transportation… it would be truly wonderful if suppliers knew and could take advantage of some of the fantastic additional benefits offered by Medicare Advantage and Medicaid MCO today, such as home delivery meals. “
A transformative innovation pipeline
Chronis Manolis, Senior Vice President, Pharmacy and Chief Pharmacy Officer, UPMC Health Plan | 6/7/22
“We are about to enter the world of the transformative pipeline. If you think about the fact that we managed to get a [COVID-19] vaccine in record time, you can take a look at the technology that’s out there and the innovation that’s about to hit us. We will also start to see things like gene therapy, CART T and who knows what technologies soon discovered that will put a huge burden on the pharmacy affordability equation … cholesterol and diabetes, and things like that, now you’re talking about large populations at high prices. ”
Greater reliance on patient perception data
Amanda Goltz, U.S. Healthcare Leader, Venture Capital and Global Healthcare Startup, Amazon Web Services | 4/5/22
“The next big thing is related to the emphasis on the data of what happened. We have been talking about patient involvement and patient experience for a long time, but these are still growths of what was done to the patient. Build databases on what actually happened and how people felt about their care, and whether they perceive it to have improved since they lived or died, what is the end point of mortality, or if it is was a successful surgery or was ‘t, which is the doctor’s end point, or they stopped generating inquiries, which is the payer’s end point, but rather the patient’s end point, which is’ I’m glad I got that surgery, I’m glad I took that medicine, I’m glad I saw that doctor, I’m glad I talked to my therapist. I’d pay it again. ‘ I think the data will start to be used in financial deals and I am tremendously excited about it. “
Redefine primary care
Kim LaFontana, Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth, Teladoc Health | 30/03/22
“Being able to actually deliver primary care as intended. And to interact with humans in daily activities in a way that makes sense to them and helps them meet their needs. We have lived under the framework of the system that we have lived in for so long that we are almost all used to 10 minutes a year in an exam room with a doctor. But that’s not exactly what primary care should be ”.
Making innovations affordable and accessible
David Holmberg, President and CEO, Highmark Health and Board Chair, AHIP | 19/01/22
“Whenever you have a trend and the pandemic is a trend, there are always things coming out of it, both good and bad. And I think the good that will come of it is that we will see a real acceleration of some innovations in the way assistance is delivered and the types of assistance. The next big thing will be ‘how do we get them to market and make them affordable?’ It will be, I think, a real challenge because we will see a lot of personalized medicine. This is the kind of work we are doing within our own organization. We are trying to find ways to provide individual assistance, but to do it for the masses. And that will be the real opportunity and the real challenge “.