For over 100 years, the hospital has been the core of our healthcare system, and a pillar of every community—the central hub where people enter and leave this world, and where scientific discoveries become life saving procedures.
But in the last couple decades, technological, social and economic forces have chipped away at this model. As these trends continue—making traditional clinical environments punishingly expensive to run, and increasingly less necessary for many healthcare needs – the future of the community hospital is uncertain.
This is the premise of our new Foresight Engine game on the Future of the Hospital—a 24-hour collaborative forecasting game playing from 12pm EST (9am PST) January 8 to 12pm EST (9am PST) on January 9, 2013!
Shifting patient expectations, shifting care delivery, new pathways for medical discovery, and a more globalized healthcare economy are slowly transforming the traditional medical model, creating an exciting opportunity for us to imagine the future of the community hospital.
Many closed-door conversations are taking place around the future of the brick-and-mortar community hospital, but rarely do they involve voices from communities they serve. IFTF is proud to help foster a truly open and community-oriented conversation about the future direction these stalwart institutions should take in our communities.
Please join us on January 8th to share your thoughts on questions such as:
- In the next decade, can the community hospital compete with specialty-hospitals, or with highly personalized consumer technology?
- How will new technologies like telepresence help hospitals provide relevant care in a world where fewer services require stepping foot inside a clinical environment?
- Can we repurpose and reimagine the existing hospital infrastructure for the the health and wellness needs of the 21st century?
Where can I find out more?
- Fast Company Co.Exist—”Foresight Engine Asks The Crowd To Change The Future“
- Forbes—“Over to You Mr. Smarty-Pants: How Would You Fix the World?“
What do I do if I have questions?
- Future of the Hospital—email Rachel Maguire at email@example.com
- Foresight Engine—email Sean Ness at firstname.lastname@example.org