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Innovation is key
The key to survival, mooted by many to be the ability of an organisation to work in an ‘Agile’ way, is in essence the ability to adapt to change quickly coupled with the ability to ‘Innovate’.
This ‘Innovation’ is what has prompted another corporate buzzword of our day, but despite the negative connotations perhaps triggered by images of a naughty schoolchild, we all now aspire to be ‘disrupters’ in our industry.
Enter the likes of Elon Musk, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Few would argue that these characters weren’t ‘disrupters’, and one thing they have in common is their use of technology to create their disruption, all edging us closer to that Blade Runner style world.
Looking specifically at healthcare, this disruption has often come in the form of the empowerment of individuals to know their own health data and manage their health more effectively.
We are now able to monitor our health 24/7 with wearables, get a diagnosis without leaving our home, download and engage with any number of Apps to enable us to better manage a host of different illnesses. We can walk around with our entire medical record on our phone, and we can even find out our likelihood to suffer different health issues in the future (23andMe – DNA testing).
Technology also allows us to monitor and control our family’s lives from a distance with the advent of the ‘Internet of Things’, something that is relevant in an age of increasing need for social care. With an ageing population we recognised there was a need for an alternative solution to care homes, which helped retain that all-important independence, which is why in 2017 we launched Taking Care. Aimed at providing solutions to support individuals who care for and manage the lives of family members as they grow older, they offer services from personal alarms to a 3 in 1 medical helpline. For more information visit Taking Care.
Keeping pace with this digital revolution is a feat in itself, with constant new entrants in the field and a myriad of different horses to bet on.