2030 Life Sciences and Health in digital age
2030 Life Sciences and Health in the Digital Age

2030 Life Sciences and Health in the Digital Age

By Dr Steve Arlington and John Wise

One of the key ways in which The Pistoia Alliance works with its members is to help them not just deal with the problems of today, but also to look ahead, to anticipate how the industry is going to change, and understand how they might prepare for these changes.

As part of this effort, The Pistoia Alliance has developed a research paper which sets out to consider what the life science, biopharma R&D and healthcare ecosystem might look like in 2030. This paper was developed with the input of global healthcare, biopharma and digital experts, during a series of face-to-face meetings in the US and UK.

In particular, the 2030 paper looks at how the increasing adoption and sophistication of technology will affect companies and patients alike. Technology is responsible for the development of healthcare devices that are transforming the quality and quantity of life. These devices, in combination with medical science, are enabling society to progress from a ‘one-size fits all’ management of disease, to a personalised, preventive and predictive approach, even to the cure of previously incurable disease.

The research also looked at the costs which come with such developments, including the need for society to think of new ways of valuing, calculating and funding the costs of healthcare delivery. This is critical because, unless developments in healthcare delivery are encouraged, progress in healthcare delivery will stall, falling short of the WHO Constitution (1946) which states that “…the highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental right of every human being”.

This article is the first in a two-part series based on The Pistoia Alliance report. Written in retrospect from the world as it is in 2030, it looks at how healthcare has changed in the intervening decade, covering the socio-economic and political evolutions that have happened, the subsequent effects on population health and the innovative technologies which have had the greatest impact.

The intention of this 2030 report is to stimulate debate as to what the future may hold, and to identify the key areas where stakeholders must work together to advance. There are many scenarios one could legitimately put forward and challenge. We have chosen one such set of scenarios. It is not to say it will be correct. However, in presenting these scenarios it is hoped one can identify signals that identify the likely drivers of change over the next 10 years or so....

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