Among drivers for growth in the global health care sector are an ageing population, rising incidence of chronic diseases, increasing access to care; technological advancements and product innovation; and emerging market growth. Yet healthcare organisations also must address major issues in 2014 like navigating the impact of healthcare reforms in many countries; rising costs; quality issues; lack of infrastructure in many parts of the world; workforce issues; and safety and privacy concerns. The challenges and opportunities emanating from each of these areas can be both global and market-specific.
Issue #1: ageing population and rise of chronic disease
The shared, long-term trends of an ageing population and an increase in people inflicted with chronic diseases are expected to drive demand for healthcare services in both developed and emerging economies in 2014 and beyo