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The health(care) future of the Netherlands

The societal, technological and medical challenges we face today as a society are complex. That is why Deloitte is committed to contributing to innovative solutions that improve quality of life - and the change of life - for people. For example, a team at Deloitte, together with the IC of Erasmuc MC in Rotterdam, has developed an algorithm based on artificial intelligence and analysis of available patient data. We monitor real-time IC patients and develop more algorithms for other applications.

The algorithm can predict with 90% certainty two days in advance which COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) are more likely to  develop a pulmonary embolism. A breakthrough that saves doctors and nurses valuable time by two days. It is currently being investigated whether this algorithm is powerful enough to be implemented in the clinic.

Maurice Fransen, Partner Consulting: 'This collaboration between IT professionals, data scientists, software developers, security, privacy advisors and medical specialists shows how early diagnostics and preventive care can make a difference. And that gives hope. The irony is that the virus has accelerated this development, now that there is an extra urgency to find solutions in complex, multidisciplinary collaborations that have real impact. 

"Intensive, curative care is essential and will always be necessary. At the same time, there is a lot of room for improvement in the field of prevention. A world to which we as Deloitte are happy to contribute."

We see this as a direction for the future of healthcare. Not only in the Netherlands, but worldwide. In our vision of the Future of Health, we describe five major shifts, including data-driven personalised health insights and interventions. With a greater focus on lifestyle and early diagnosis, the emphasis  is shifting from care to health  and thus from curative to preventive care. The balance in resource allocation will also shift from the end of the health chain - intensive treatment and aftercare - to the beginning, with more emphasis on a healthy lifestyle, vitality and well-being.'

Our point of view

The goals that we want to achieve together with our partners with regard to health in the Netherlands are to improve the health of the population, increase the quality of care for the individual patient and keep the costs of the healthcare system efficient and accessible. The fourth main goal is to reduce the workload and increase the job satisfaction of the (increasingly scarce) healthcare professionals. It is difficult to predict exactly what the healthcare landscape will look like in the future and when the changes will occur. But the direction of the changes seems clear. We believe that at least five major shifts must be taken into account.

    1. From healthcare to health: more focus on lifestyle, prevention and early diagnosis

    2. Virtual Health(care): (truly) patient-centred healthcare

    3. Data-driven and personalised health insights and intervention

    4. Future of work in healthcare : a new 'what, where and how' for healthcare professionals

    5. New funding and business models: more focus on promoting population health

The corona pandemic makes the major impact of an aging population, staff shortages and increasing loneliness clearer than ever. The elderly were in isolation for months and care workers were short of hands. Social care robots like Alice could have brought support and relief, but they are still not on the market. It's time to speed things up.