We recently published our 5 Healthcare IT Trends to Watch in 2017 report. But we wanted to know what other influencers in the healthcare space are envisioning for the coming year.
Today's guest blogger is Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, Health Economist and Trend Weaver.
Health citizens in America will need to be even more mindful, critical, and engaged healthcare consumers in 2017 based on several factors shaping the market; among these driving forces, the election of Donald Trump for U.S. president, the uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act and health insurance, emerging technologies, and peoples' growing demand for convenience and self-service in daily life.
The patient is increasingly the payor in healthcare. Bearing more first-dollar costs through high-deductible health plans and growing out-of-pocket spending for prescription drugs and other patient-facing goods and services, we're seeking greater transparency regarding availability, cost and quality of services. This year, one in five ER visits caused consumers sticker shock with surprise bills, even when patients did the right thing by going to health care providers that were listed as "in-network" in their health insurance plans.
Health Economist, Advisor, Trend Weaver
Take a deeper dive into Jane's article here.
Read what we predict in our latest report.
About: Jane is a health economist, advisor and trend-weaver to organizations at the intersection of health, technology and people. Jane founded THINK-Health after working with healthcare consultancies in the US and Europe. Jane's clients span the health/care ecosystem: technology, pharma and life sciences, providers, plans, financial services and consumer goods. She founded the Health Populi blog in 2007. See more on Jane at www.healthpopuli.com and www.janesarasohnkahn.com
Tags: Health Innovation, Healthcare consumerism, Healthcare predictions, Pharmacy