Deloitte January 11, 2019
Lisa Purdy

As the start up, investment, and innovation communities convene this week at the J.P. Morgan Annual Healthcare Conference and as the future of “smart” comes to life at CES, we thought over what the “smart” means for health care and how innovation can help solve some of the world’s largest health challenges.

As incomes increase in societies around the world, so does access to modern medicine. As these societies move beyond addressing basic human needs such as food, clothing, security, and shelter, they look to establish health systems to allow their citizens to live longer.

In recent years, the growth of the number of treatments for disease has been awe inspiring. In 2017, the FDA approved more drugs than any year...