The VSP Global Innovation Center has partnered with technology intelligence platform CB Insights to produce its Futurist Report series, a collection of data-driven digital media offering forward-looking analyses of the trends and businesses shaping the future of healthcare, vision care, eyewear, and more.
Nearly one-third of the U.S. population (121 million) lives in a healthcare desert, an area with insufficient access to primary care providers, pharmacies, hospitals, trauma centers, community health centers, or more. As provider shortages and hospital closures increase, that number is also fated to rise. However, products, services and models, from direct-to-consumer to on-demand, that have been the engine of growth in other industries, such as finance, food, and fashion, are beginning to find traction in healthcare.
In the VSP Global Innovation Center’s (GIC) latest Futurist Report, The Future of Healthcare Desert Solutions, we examine the four core categories where these access innovations are taking shape, exploring the trends, technologies, and startups transforming the future of how people in healthcare deserts receive care.
1. Bringing patients to care: Integrated systems lower the barriers to access in-practice care.
2. Bring care to the patient: Rise of direct-to-consumer tools powers access to care across time and space.
3. In-store innovations: Hardware transforms retailers into the sandbox for future care centers.
4. Software and technology: Software super-charges onramps to care within deserts.
Read the full report by downloading the PDF below and stay tuned for the next Futurist Report, scheduled for Spring, 2023