Looking to tomorrow's healthcare today: a participatory health perspective

Intern Med J. 2018 Jan;48(1):92-96. doi: 10.1111/imj.13661.


Health systems around the world face the issue of financial and workforce sustainability. Mobile health technologies - those devices which connect health professionals, patients, payers and the many other contributors who make up the health system offer some solutions - not just as 'add ons' but as enablers of real system change. This paper presents a vision for what the health system of the future could be like and emphasises the opportunities for real patient participation in clinical decision-making if the professions can engage the technologies and patients/community in a meaningful way. Predicting the future is never easy but many of the technologies are here now - but how we will use them to make the system more patient friendly, more productive and sustainable is still for discussion. This paper should start that conversation.

Keywords: M (mobile) health; health reform; health system; patient participation; telehealth.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / methods
  • Delivery of Health Care / trends*
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Patient Participation / methods
  • Patient Participation / trends*
  • Precision Medicine / methods
  • Precision Medicine / trends*
  • Telemedicine / methods
  • Telemedicine / trends*