Predicting the future of healthcare and life sciences in 2025 (2022)

What does the future hold for the life sciences and healthcare industry? Our latest predictions report looks ahead to the year 2025 to help you see what’s coming and to keep your organisation moving forward.

Each prediction is brought to life through snapshots of how patients, healthcare and life science companies and their staff might behave and operate in this new world. We explore the major trends and the key constraints to be overcome; and identify the evidence today to predict how near that future might be.

This year, inevitably, our predictions have been informed by the unparalleled impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on society in general and more specifically on how people perceive health risks. We have seen a new public appreciation of the contribution that healthcare and life sciences companies are making to each countries response and how these companies are paving the way for a new era of collaboration to identify and implement solutions. A key stand out has been the huge acceleration in the pace and scale of technology-enabled transformation across the whole health ecosystem.

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1. From health(care) to healthy ageing 1. From health(care) to healthy ageing

How will people manage their own health risks in 2025?

Prediction for 2025. More people are fully informed about health risks and take a proactive approach to prevention and treatment. They’re aware of the risks of developing chronic disease and have embraced prevention based on hyper-personalised insights. Ageing well by maintaining physical and mental health (with tailored exercise and nutrition) is the focus of many people. People happily monitor their healthcare data through validated apps, wearables and connected devices. There has also been a shift to preventative measures – including vaccines, genetic testing and therapies to boost vitality, wellness and immune health. To enhance behavioural change, virtual health coaches and digital twins are on hand.

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2. Better public health drives better public productivity 2. Better public health drives better public productivity
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How important will a resillient public health infrastructure be in 2025?

Prediction for 2025. Public health is a priority for governments everywhere, with a higher percentage of funding devoted to public health. National statutory public health organisations are responsible for building and maintaining a robust and responsive public health infrastructure – with regionally coordinated public health agencies, a diverse and well-qualified workforce and modern data systems. Non-traditional enterprises also work together, focussing on best-practice protection, prevention and promotion aimed at tackling health inequalities. Digital inclusion and adoption of scientific and technological advancements have reduced health risks and improved prevention. The public health system is underpinned by intelligent national screening and vaccination programmes that focus on high-risk populations through better use of technology, genomics and AI.

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3. Clinicians are empowered by diagnostic and treatment paradigms 3. Clinicians are empowered by diagnostic and treatment paradigms

How will technology help clinicians to help their patients?

Prediction for 2025. Medicine has undergone a paradigm shift as clinicians base their diagnoses and treatment decisions on predictive, preventative, personalised and participatory medicine – a shift driven by tech/scientific advancements. Technological breakthroughs in AI, nanotechnology, quantum computing and 5G have enabled faster, customised diagnostic pathways. Clinicians are also supported by AI-enabled clinical decision tools to help deliver hyper-personalised evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions. Clinicians also use point-of-care diagnostics and knowledge about a disease to determine treatment most likely to benefit patients.

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4. The who, what and where of work rearchitected 4. The who, what and where of work rearchitected

What does the future of work look like for health professionals?

Prediction for 2025. Advances in AI-enabled robotics, cognitive automation and digitalisation are helping HCPs work more productively – architecting the who, what, where and how work is done. As such, all HCPs now practice at the top of their professional license and have enriched career paths. Task shifting and task reorganisation are commonplace, leading to a diverse, blended workforce that provides care where and when needed. All HCPs participate in multi-professional training based on adaptive, agile ways of working to help them adopt innovation.

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5. Care is designed around people not place 5. Care is designed around people not place
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What does the future hold for healthcare delivery models?

Prediction for 2025. An integrated, digital-first healthcare delivery model signposts patients to the most appropriate care setting. Networks of primary care providers manage population health needs in a patient centric healthcare model. AI enabled remote patient monitoring (RPM) and point of care diagnostics collect and interpret real time data on vital signs. Enhanced Health Care Provider (HCP) to HCP communication provides more coordinated, efficient and cost effective care.

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6. Medtech and the IOMT are crucial drivers of value-based care 6. Medtech and the IOMT are crucial drivers of value-based care

How will connected medical devices and AI enable transformation?

Prediction for 2025. MedTech companies drive the future of health, focusing on transformative technology to enhance products/services and enable 4P medicine. They also use sophisticated data analytics capabilities and work closely with end users to leverage new cognitive/robotic technologies to improve outcomes. MedTech companies partner with consumer focused tech companies to benefit from their experience of brand development, customer engagement and advanced analytics. Many have also become ‘Software as a Service’ providers, targeting preventative care at specific patient groups. Companion diagnostics have become a crucial tool for personalising patient therapy with MedTech playing a major role in driving value-based health care.

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How will digital technologies further transform drug discovery and clinical development?

Prediction for 2025. Pharma R&D processes use AI-enabled digital platforms, FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse) data principles and research partnerships with academia and AI for drug discovery and digital tech companies. This has improved success rates and reduced the time and cost of drug discovery. At the same time, innovative clinical trials (using digital technologies, AI and RWE) have defined new patient-centric digital endpoints and refined indications. Pharma companies employ data-rich visualisation tools to operate virtual clinical trials: enabling faster recruitment/enrolment/monitoring of more diverse patient groups. Apps, wearables, eConsent platforms and telehealth all reduce the time commitment and financial costs of bringing drugs to market.

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8. Next generation supply chains are integrated into healthcare and the patient experience 8. Next generation supply chains are integrated into healthcare and the patient experience
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What benefits will an interconnected, digitally enabled supply chain bring?

Prediction for 2025. Many companies use an interconnected digital supply network (utilising interoperable data) to improve end to end visibility of the supply chain. Track and trace is a blockchain-enabled reality: from manufacturing to the patient and HCPs. AI technologies transform the supply chain and manufacturing through real-time data processing and decision-making: reducing the risks of human subjectivity and bias. Advanced analytics unlock commercial, regulatory and operational data to identify non-linear and complex relationships, as well as provide strategic insights to improve the supply chain. Advanced analytics enable more efficient demand forecasting, inventory management, logistics optimisation, procurement and workforce planning. Biopharma companies also streamline their regulatory compliance functions to overcome functional siloes: improving efficiency across the product lifecycle.

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9. Healthcare and life sciences companies have prioritised decarbonisation 9. Healthcare and life sciences companies have prioritised decarbonisation

How will supplier selection, waste management and telemedicine impact carbon footprints?

Prediction for 2025. Healthcare and life science organisations have adopted mitigation strategies to reduce their carbon footprint and improve sustainability. They prioritise suppliers that have zero-carbon landfill policies, recycle waste and water, and use sustainable materials in packaging and parts. They also save costs and improve sustainability: by using recyclable materials, choosing suppliers and equipment with lower carbon footprints, and reducing patient journeys via virtual models and remote monitoring.

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10. Clusters of trusted partnerships have accelerated innovation 10. Clusters of trusted partnerships have accelerated innovation

What can help partnerships to thrive?

Prediction for 2025. Multiple types of trusted partnerships between industry, academia and providers, with shared views on value exchange, are a central feature of successful health clusters. These are backed by a creative and reputable financial services sector and government initiatives, creating optimal conditions for the development of new business models and delivering savings across the health ecosystem. Clusters accelerate the pace digital transformation. New standards for data sharing, analysis and transparency have emerged, improving trust, driving efficiencies, expanding access and reducing costs.

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Bruno Pfeiffer

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FAQs

What do you see as the future of healthcare? ›

In the future of health, we expect six key areas—data sharing, interoperability, equitable access, empowered consumers, behavior change, and scientific breakthrough—to collectively transform the existing health system from treatment-based reactionary care to prevention and well-being.

Which technology will have the most impact on the future of healthcare? ›

We will continue to see more advanced technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) leveraged for predictive analytics in healthcare. Valuable tools that are constantly undergoing innovation, AI and ML can help enable potentially life-saving predictions for patients.

What is future of medicine? ›

Artificial intelligence in ICUs and detecting cancer clones that may be resistant to treatment ahead of time could be the future of medicine. How important will developments in technology – especially artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics – be within medicine in the future?

How technology will change the future of healthcare? ›

Digital technology in healthcare and medicine could potentially transform inappropriate healthcare systems into appropriate ones, provide cheaper, faster, and more effective solutions for diseases (such as Ebola or AIDS), and equalize the relationship between professionals and medical patients.

What are the 5 trends in health care? ›

Top 5 Healthcare Tech Trends Poised for Growth in 2022
  • Hybrid care models combining virtual and in-person services. ...
  • Digitization of healthcare specialties. ...
  • Increased AI adoption. ...
  • Health systems moving to the cloud. ...
  • Advanced precision medicine.
5 Jan 2022

What are 5 common technological devices used in healthcare? ›

  • Automated IV Pumps. Automated IV pumps control the dosages and drips given to patients. ...
  • Portable Monitors. ...
  • Smart Beds. ...
  • Wearable Devices. ...
  • Electronic Health Records. ...
  • Centralized Command Centers. ...
  • Telehealth and Apps.
1 Mar 2021

What is next healthcare technology? ›

Artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, voice search, chatbots and virtual reality (VR) are among the most promising health technologies in 2022. For the longest time, healthcare executives have been dissatisfied with the lack of technology stacks and solutions for true marketing personalization.

What will healthcare look like in 2040? ›

Among the report's key healthcare predictions for 2040 are:

Health information from traditional annual physical check-ups and other tests previously only available in a surgery or lab will be replaced by data from sensors on/around our 'smart' bodies (including in our clothing and, eventually, skin and blood).

How will hospitals change in the future? ›

Hospitals in the future will look far more tech-enabled and consumer-focused — when patients are actually even getting care in a hospital building itself. Why it matters: Hospitals were already pushing more care outside their four walls before the pandemic.

What is the future of AI in medicine? ›

The future of medical AI is promising and shows that AI has the potential to improve healthcare delivery. While AI currently has a relatively limited role in direct patient care, its evolving role in complex clinical decision making is foreseeable.

How does technology improve healthcare? ›

Health information technology presents numerous opportunities for improving and transforming healthcare which includes; reducing human errors, improving clinical outcomes, facilitating care coordination, improving practice efficiencies, and tracking data over time.

Why could future healthcare technologies have a negative impact? ›

Tips. Negative effects of medical technology on patients include impersonal care, negative health effects, increased costs, the possibility of overuse and an invasion of privacy.

What type of technology is used in healthcare? ›

Healthcare technology is any technology, including medical devices, IT systems, algorithms, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud and blockchain, designed to support healthcare organizations.

What are 4 current trends in healthcare? ›

Investing in community-led solutions to address health inequity. Enforcing a data ecosystem that promotes equity-driven decision making. Increasing accountability for health equity outcomes. Investing in a representative health care workforce.

What are the hot topics in healthcare? ›

Healthcare Hot Topics: MHA Keystone Center – 2021 Priorities and Leadership Changes
  • Health Equity. ...
  • Improving Care for Older Adults. ...
  • Ensuring Healthy Mothers and Babies. ...
  • Workplace Safety and Well-being. ...
  • Addressing the Opiod Epidemic.
8 Jan 2021

What are three major trends that impact health care? ›

2021 healthcare trends fall into three main categories: healthcare policy, care delivery, and technology. The industry can prepare for the future by understanding critical areas to watch within these categories and which events and activities may affect the healthcare ecosystem.

What is smart technology in healthcare? ›

SMART—An App Platform for Healthcare

Using an electronic health record (EHR) system or data warehouse that supports the SMART standard, patients, doctors, and healthcare practitioners can draw on this library of apps to improve clinical care, research, and public health.

What country has the most advanced medical technology? ›

Switzerland, along with the #1 overall ranking, placed first for Quality. The U.S. ranked first for Choice along with Science & Technology, while Germany ranked highest for Fiscal Sustainability.

What are the top 3 most important advances in medical technology? ›

The Top 3 Medical Advancements of 2021
  • mRNA Vaccine Technology. It's no surprise that the mRNA vaccine developed for the Novel Coronavirus changed the ways of medicine in 2021 and for years to come. ...
  • Early Cancer Detection. ...
  • Antiviral Oral Pills.
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What are the future trends in healthcare IT industry? ›

Several existing and emerging technologies will have a positive impact on the healthcare industry in the future. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality, augmented reality, and wearable technology will all become critical tools for healthcare providers and organizations to perform more efficiently.

What technology trend is currently transforming healthcare? ›

Top healthcare digital transformation trends in 2022:

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy. Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Fintech Integration. AI-empowered Big Data and Analytics.

Will doctors be needed in 2040? ›

Physicians expect almost one-third of their job to be automated by 2040, Stanford Medicine report finds. Doctors say digital technology and data are driving change that will create a different world of medicine in the next couple of decades, a new report from Stanford Medicine finds.

What do you think will be the main advancements in medicine in the next 20 years? ›

In the next 20 years, the current “one size fits all” approach to medicine could be replaced, thanks to advances in personalised medicine or precision medicine. Analysis of individuals' DNA may mean that doctors can start to treat patients with drugs tailored to their own DNA .

What does the healthcare industry need? ›

Key among them will be; technological innovation, integration of medicine and healthcare, smart healthcare data management, and a patient-centered restructuring. This growth will be inevitable if and when technology is be embraced in every sector of the healthcare industry.

What are future trends in public health? ›

These trends include: the aging of the population, changing patterns in the U.S. racial/ethnic composition, changes in health care delivery systems, the explosion of information technologies, changing needs in the public health work force, the growth in health-related partnerships, and anti-government sentiment and ...

How will hospitals change in the future? ›

Hospitals in the future will look far more tech-enabled and consumer-focused — when patients are actually even getting care in a hospital building itself. Why it matters: Hospitals were already pushing more care outside their four walls before the pandemic.

What trends will influence healthcare delivery in the next 10 years and why? ›

Ten trends for the next decade are evident: 1) more patients, 2) more technology, 3) more information, 4) the patient as the ultimate consumer, 5) development of a different delivery model, 6) innovation driven by competition, 7) increasing costs, 8) increasing numbers of uninsured, 9) less pay for providers, and 10) ...

What are the future trends in healthcare IT industry? ›

Several existing and emerging technologies will have a positive impact on the healthcare industry in the future. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality, augmented reality, and wearable technology will all become critical tools for healthcare providers and organizations to perform more efficiently.

What are some emerging trends in health care that could influence policies? ›

Technology Trends
  • Artificial intelligence.
  • Big data and analytics.
  • Data security.
  • Digital therapeutics.
  • Digital transformation.
  • Internet of medical things.
  • Mental health care treatments such as smartphone-assisted therapies.
  • Telehealth and remote patient monitoring.
21 Jan 2022

Is public health a growing field? ›

Public health is a multi-disciplinary, growing field that capitalizes on the strengths of STEM skills. Public health needs people like you who are interested in STEM careers. CDC has many programs and resources that offer real-world training and experience to help you find your pathway into public health.

Why is public health necessary? ›

Public Health is important due to aiding and prolonging life. Through the prevention of health issues, individuals can spend more of their years in good health. 4. Public Health helps detect health issues as early as possible and responds appropriately to avoid the development of disease.

Will we need doctors in the future? ›

The AAMC has projected that the existing shortage will get worse over the coming decades. The latest data from our annual report, The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2018-2033, projects a shortage of between 54,100 and 139,000 physicians by the year 2033.

Why is change needed in healthcare? ›

Organizational changes are also needed to account for evolving societal norms and values, some of which have yielded higher expectations for access to health care, improved patient experience and increased patient involvement in care decision making [5, 6].

What are smart hospitals? ›

Smart Hospitals are hospitals which optimize, redesign and transform clinical processes as part of smart clinics, smart hospital management systems and the whole healthcare infrastructure, all enabled by digitization and integration of healthcare assets such as digital prescriptions and patient health cards, to provide ...

What are 4 current trends in healthcare? ›

Investing in community-led solutions to address health inequity. Enforcing a data ecosystem that promotes equity-driven decision making. Increasing accountability for health equity outcomes. Investing in a representative health care workforce.

What will healthcare look like in 2040? ›

Among the report's key healthcare predictions for 2040 are:

Health information from traditional annual physical check-ups and other tests previously only available in a surgery or lab will be replaced by data from sensors on/around our 'smart' bodies (including in our clothing and, eventually, skin and blood).

What are emerging technologies in healthcare? ›

The arrival of new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), natural language processing (NLP), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and chatbots are radically transforming the landscape and ushering in a new era in healthcare.

Whats the next big thing in healthcare? ›

We will continue to see growth in areas including telemedicine, personalized medicine, genomics, and wearables, with organizers leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, extender reality (XR), and the internet of things (IoT) to develop and deliver new treatments and services.

What are the hot topics in healthcare? ›

Healthcare Hot Topics: MHA Keystone Center – 2021 Priorities and Leadership Changes
  • Health Equity. ...
  • Improving Care for Older Adults. ...
  • Ensuring Healthy Mothers and Babies. ...
  • Workplace Safety and Well-being. ...
  • Addressing the Opiod Epidemic.
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What are the future trends? ›

Future trends such as climate change, new mobility, and digitalization are major challenges: They will shape our future life and make it unequivocally clear to us that a fresh way of thinking will be inescapable in many fields.

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