Future of Health report published by RAND Europe

Future of Health report published by RAND Europe

Prof. Marco Viceconti has contributed to the recently published Future of Health report published by RAND Europe, commenting on ‘Genomics and personalised medicine’, and the ‘barriers and challenges to the adoption and spread of technology’.

In January 2017, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a survey of experts from across the health and science fields. The outcome of these surveys will be used to inform NIHR’s future strategy and priorities with a rational view of the future.

The rapid advancement of science, and demographic and societal changes, mean the health challenges that we will face in 20 years’ time may look significantly different to the landscape of health as it is in 2017 — just as the health challenges in 1997 differ to those today. With this in mind, many pieces of research are currently being launched to look into what the future of health looks like.

Through a survey of experts from across the health and science fields, researchers captured diverse perspectives on what health challenges in England will be like in 20–30 years’ time, to inform NIHR’s future strategy and priorities with a rational view of the future.

Some key findings include the fact that ageing populations are living longer but not necessarily in better health, health inequalities are rising, and there is an increasing influence of unhealthy lifestyle choices.