Half of the world’s population still lacks access to essential health services and increasing number of households are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of the financial distress due to rising healthcare costs. Never before has there been greater need for commitment to improve access to healthcare services—without facing financial hardships—as there is right now. From natural disasters linked to climate change to health impacts of environmental pollution, the world is facing immense health challenges. Providing affordable care to all is not just right but also the smart thing to do; it is ensuring the well-being of a country’s human capital so that they can aspire to reach their highest potential and drive sustainable economic growth and development. It is no wonder then that reaching health related targets are essential to achieving some of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Whether is it lack of proper national healthcare infrastructure or poor quality of existing health services, the outcome is lack of access to essential healthcare services. As nations commit to achieving universal health coverage by 2030, it will require concerted efforts from the government, international partners, and private sectors to strengthen the health systems and become more adept at involving multiple stakeholders to finance the system and provide necessary health workforce.
With our intensive research on healthcare industry and knowledge about the latest in science and technology, we know of innovative approaches being developed for better health services delivery. At FSI our aim is to acknowledge and showcase the innovative approaches and efforts across the board in the healthcare industry.
- Are countries prepared to handle a pandemic? How can they equip themselves better to manage a crisis such as COVID-19?
- How has COVID-19 contributed to depression in people?
- Why is there a difference in COVID-19 severity and symptoms in different parts of the world?
- Is the current healthcare system adept in addressing mental health issues effectively?
- Is it possible to develop a model healthcare system?
- Do we have enough counselors and psychologists to educate children, teenagers and adults about drug abuse, suicide and other mental health issues?
- Does recent increase in domestic violence during lockdown indicate poor mental health?
- Will social distancing and reduced interaction between colleagues affect the mindset of employees?
- The chronic underfunding of healthcare systems is a severe issue faced by developed and developing countries alike. How do we address this issue?
- Most of the factors contributing to the increasing incidence of non-communicable diseases globally lie outside the realm of health system. What best practices in innovative public private partnerships can be adopted to manage NDC?
- In the world of increased connectivity, how can we respond effectively to fast moving diseases?
- How can we harness the technology and innovation to improve health outcome and reduce administrative burden?
- How do we ensure devise a holistic health approach that encompasses physical and mental well-being along with nutrition and sanitation?
- By 2035, the global health workforce shortage will reach 12.9 million posing a serious challenge to universal healthcare provision. How do we address this workforce shortage challenge?
- What role should the government play in providing healthcare to citizens? What role does marketplace play in this?
- Providing the society with access to quality healthcare is a challenge. What are the measures to keep a hospital clean and sterile for patients?
- What is our take on making healthcare affordable and fair?
- Are we sponsoring or funding enough healthcare related initiatives/research grants to help develop vaccines for infectious/auto-immune diseases?
- How can the threat of new and re-emerging diseases and immune micro-organisms be reduced?
- Can we develop treatments for cancer that are less invasive and minimize the long term implications?
Technology and Healthcare
- There is no doubt that the future of healthcare is going to be virtual. How do we ensure equal accessibility across the world to this digital future?
- Can new digital therapies and connected health services help patients make behavioral changes?
- How can pharmaceutical companies and hospitals stay ahead of cyber security threats?
- Technology solutions are being developed using latest of tech such as augmented / virtual reality, AI, and analytics.
- Who pays for them, and how?
- What will adoption be like?
- Will it solve the real world challenges?
- What role can technology play in addressing major challenges facing healthcare delivery systems?
- How is digital therapeutics changing the landscape of new medicine?
- What does the future look like for Tele-medicine?