Health trends for 2014 and beyond, Sustainability

Through out 2013, as health management consultant, I am having the opportunity to be speaker, participant, or invited visitor in several events of the sector, and thanks to the interactions with different market players; representatives of health, finance and innovation, those events are bringing me an opportunity to beat about what would be a foreseen sustainable health service trend.
 I have accessed to new concepts (see the next paragraph) that will be probably familiar for the whole society in the close near future. 
Most of the concepts listened concrets a trend, and are focused on the need of more/higher outcome of quality with less  costs (resources/time) 

It is stated a set of terms with which we have to become familiar. The main concepts to be familiar with, are the following: Mhealth, Life style and Social Media Technology, Smart Cities, Public Private Partnership, New virtual health actors, Corporate and environmental social responsibility, Studies based on biological systems , cloud computing, software as a service (SaaS), service level agreement(SLA), .

In the next paragraphs these familiar concepts would be defined in detail. 


Mhealth is all kind of medical advisory and services accesible through mobile- It is been looked Mhealth as a worldwide beating that would save billions € only in the European Union.

Social Media Technology Social media refers to interaction among people in which they create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks

Society would use social media to implement, accelerate a healthy life style.

Health services are essential for smart cities conceptions. And smart city is an extremelly efficient city. Consortiums and councils would develop home sensor systems to improve the health and wellbeing of its citizens.When it comes to health and human services. For the most part, the technology is here (albeit still pricey). What’s needed most is leadership to rally all the different actors and get them working together. 

Through smart cities, others; new and/or non- traditional actors would be entering, through technology in this new arena; the  tele solutions for health and life style market (virtual health sites, sensors, others,).

Public private partnership- public–private partnership (PPP) is a government service or private business venture which is funded and operated through a partnership of government and one or more private sector companies. These schemes are sometimes referred to as PPP, P3 or P3.
We would see new partial or complete public private partnership options because the model seems to be more efficient, (the rythm will be different depending on the development and capabilities of each country). 

New proffessionals will be progressively trained, based on biological systems, instead of being trained by medical specialities.

Cloud computing- With only a browser, anybody would access to a Hospital Information System (HIS) or to any other Management Information System (MIS) or techonological plattforms supported by third parties that offers to customers: Hardware utilities, Software as a Services (SaaS), plattforms and maintenance with a Service Level Agreement (SLA).
Based on this Service Level Agreement, We would see an outsourcing of the Information Technology and communication services.

With the cloud computing options, companies woul be sharing information and telecommunication technology and telemedicine services optimizing the usage of a unic infrastructure at a lower cost. This win-win concept is foreseen to be a winning concept in a new “sharing economy”.

Corporate social responsability. Corporate social responsibility (CSR, also called corporate consciencecorporate citizenshipsocial performance, or sustainable responsible business/ Responsible Business)[1] is a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. CSR policy functions as a built-in, self-regulating mechanism whereby a business monitors and ensures its active compliance with the spirit of the law, ethical standards, and international norms. In some models, a firm’s implementation of CSR goes beyond compliance and engages in “actions that appear to further some social good, beyond the interests of the firm and that which is required by law.”[2][3] CSR is a process with the aim to embrace responsibility for the company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere who may also be considered as stakeholders.



New hospitals will not be necessarily “close to home” infrastructures, but will be of haigh cost efficient quality ratio,  with more operating theatres, less beds, less energy consumption, and highly committed with society and environment. Each medical process would be measured and lean techniques will be progressively applied to health services.