The New Healthcare Ecosystem
What the COVID-19 crisis has made abundantly clear is that the current healthcare
ecosystem is ill-prepared to deal with the type of healthcare needs that will be
typical of the 21st century. With an aging global demographic that will put more
than half of the world’s population in the 60+ age group by 2060, the world’s real
healthcare crisis has barely begun. The challenge is not advances in medicine,
the threat of future pandemics, or our ability to develop new pharmaceuticals
and therapies, but rather a healthcare ecosystem that pits payer against provider,
forces gaming of the system, poorly orchestrated supply chains, and the enormous
burden on providers to handle so many of the administrative aspects of healthcare.
The best hope for healthcare is to rethink how to refocus every part of the
healthcare ecosystem on what it does best.