Reframing Health and Healthcare NIC Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor Robert Kramer has identified “Six Key Drivers” that will shape the senior living industry over the next 10 years. Kramer is also Founder & Fellow at Nexus Insights, a think tank advancing the well-being of older adults through innovative models of housing, community and healthcare. NIC Notes is publishing a bi-weekly series detailing each key driver. View the first three installments of the "Six Key Drivers" blog series. What follows is an analysis of the fourth key driver: Reframing Health and Healthcare. Our new customers, as discussed in Key Driver #3, have a different take on longevity. They are not content to just live longer, they want to live better. They want their lifespan to as nearly as possible to match their “healthspan” or “wellspan.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in an era of unprecedented change in the world’s healthcare landscape. Some of these changes may be temporary – lasting only until a vaccine or widespread testing is available – but others will have secured their place with consumers and will become permanently woven into the fabric of the healthcare system. There is an increased sense of uneasiness in visiting medical office buildings, urgent care sites, and hospitals, especially for routine checkups and minor ailments. Despite this apprehension, the level of care needed to support the United States’ population has not subsided.
As many visitors to www.seniorcare.nic.org already know, NIC has been curating links to news articles relevant to the new partnerships, innovations, and business deals that are reshaping America’s seniors housing and healthcare landscape. We’ve posted over 150 articles so far this year, from a wide variety of outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NPR, Forbes, The Boston Globe, every seniors housing and care sector journal, several medical journals, and a growing number of healthcare industry outlets, such as Modern Healthcare, Fierce Healthcare, and Home Health Care News, among others.