Health care is changing faster than ever. The old definition of health – as care that happened in a specific place at a specific time to fix a specific problem – is already disappearing. The future of health care is flexible, available and personal – it’s based on creating experiences that serve people’s whole lives.
We’re deeply invested in understanding and creating the future of health care, which is why we’ve envisioned what it will take to make it succeed. “The End of Diabetes” imagines what the future of health can be and how a new health ecosystem could impact this chronic disease.
The future of health is built on a new reality:
Health isn’t an either/or proposition.
Health isn’t a black and white state; you’re not just “healthy” or “unhealthy.” People know that, and they’re looking for health care that knows it, too — care that goes beyond treating problems and actually makes their everyday lives better.
Health happens everywhere, not just at the doctor.
Going to the doctor just once a year doesn’t make sense when health is a part of your everyday life. Opportunities to address health exist everywhere, from city streets to boardrooms, and that means that health care has to step outside its current walls.
Health depends on relationships.
Health is something to be fostered, not fixed. And rich, ongoing relationships built on collaboration and understanding do just that. That’s why communities, personal digital tools, and providers focused on long-term wellness are the real future of health.
“The future of health lies in supporting people’s real lives. It’s not about being sick. It’s about living well.”