Disrupting Health Systems
The accelerating pace of change in the health care system reverberates with promise, innovation, investment – and risk. Open access to medical data puts diagnostic and treatment information at easier reach, but cybersecurity is a growing concern. Hope for universal health care butts up against physician shortages and burnout. As blood and vaccines get delivered by drones in Rwanda and blockchains introduce a novel approach to data sharing, basic processes of care are being transformed. Health systems are under pressure to consolidate; novel financing strategies generate new resources for global health; hospitals become pharmaceutical manufacturers; and drugstores start providing primary care. Will all of this make people healthier, and who will benefit?