THIS REPORT LOOKS TO THE FUTURE, BUT IS NOT INTENDED PRIMARILY TO PREDICT SPECIFIC OUTCOMES. THE HOPE IS THAT THIS DOCUMENT KICKS OFF A VIBRANT AND ONGOING CONVERSATION ABOUT THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF THE DECADES AHEAD. THIS IS NOT JUST A CONVERSATION FOR FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO AND THE JACOBS INSTITUTE, BUT FOR ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS IN OUR NATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM.
Throughout this report, our team of researchers, doctors and futurists have explored both utopian and dystopian scenarios for the future of healthcare. Ultimately, we are confident that the future is bright. Our certainty isn’t just wishful thinking. We’ve watched with pride and admiration as the curious and ambitious students, faculty and research staff in our Buffalo-area institutions continually embrace and advance new ideas and technologies. By creating new partnerships and collaborations with stakeholders both within and outside the medical field, they are becoming leaders at this critical moment in the history of healthcare.
We hope this report will help the next generation of healthcare providers, administrators, innovators and policymakers envision and embrace a hopeful vision for the future of healthcare—one that is inclusive and accessible and extends not just lifespan but healthspan for all.
Jeremy M. Jacobs
Chairman Delaware North, The Jacobs Institute, University at Buffalo Council
Satish K. Tripathi
President University at Buffalo