Deloitte November 6, 2018
Doug Beaudoin

My colleague Janet Foutty, chairman and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP, and I just arrived in San Diego for Exponential Medicine 2018—an immersive and mind-expanding week devoted to exploring the future of the industry. We will be leading a panel discussion focused on just that: an exploration of what the future of health might look like two decades from now. While we don’t know with precision how the future will play out, we can look at signals in the market today—and disruption in other industries—to start to paint the picture.

Fundamental shifts in innovation tend to occur in seven-year cycles. By 2040, three of these cycles will have passed—each building off the other. To determine where health might be headed, we...