We see digital transformation as a vital element to safeguard the accessibility and affordability of the Dutch healthcare sector

We foresee a future in which people become active and informed stakeholders, continuously managing their health and vitality by stewardship of their data, utilizing digital apps and wearables

In 2050 care systems will be decentralized and patient-centric. As a result, hospitals will deliver a narrower set of high-value services within a broader ecosystem of digitally connected players. Therefore, future healthcare ecosystems are built on three critical components; the foundational infrastructure layer, composing of a common data set upon which the ecosystem operates; the intelligence layer, consisting of advanced analytics to convert data into insights to guide stakeholders across the ecosystem; and the engagement layer, where end-users interact with services through digital platforms. The rise of these healthcare ecosystems will benefit many stakeholders.

Hence, future healthcare ecosystems enable people to receive care through personalized health journeys that combine their medical and vitality data with artificial intelligence technologies, resulting in optimized treatments and higher user satisfaction. In addition, empowering and informing people through data stewardship will result in equal levels of partnership between patients and care providers, further involving people in the shared decision-making process. Care providers will experience many benefits from such formats of blended care. As such, the leveraging of digital technologies will allow care professionals to focus on their core strengths. In addition, data liquidity facilitated by the infrastructure layer enables multidisciplinary teamwork, aiding caregivers to assist their patients more adequately.

In 2050 the focus of healthcare will broaden from merely treating disease to managing people’s overall vitality using a wide variety of digital apps often reimbursed by healthcare insurance companies. These apps will become an integral component of people’s care journeys.

Healthcare organizations and institutions face the challenge of managing the increasing incompatibility between the demand and supply for healthcare services. This imminent mismatch results from demographic trends such as worldwide population growth and ageing, leaving existing healthcare infrastructures grappling to cope with the increasing demand for care. In addition, the current Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the current debate and collective rethinking of our healthcare systems to unveil those vital solutions that ensure future system resilience.

Part of the solution is further successful adoption and implementation of digital technologies such as wearables, apps, and robotics, supported by artificial intelligence and advanced analytics technologies. Successful integration of these technologies could fundamentally alleviate the current supply-demand gap, create value, and improve healthcare quality on an extraordinary scale, yet significant integration of such technology is limited.

Moreover, making such technologies an integral component of peoples' care journeys requires continuity of data streams or data liquidity. Unfortunately, such data liquidity is restricted within today's healthcare sectors, hindering effective collaboration among healthcare institutions and proposing a significant barrier to innovation. Therefore, building a solid data backbone upon which the ecosystem can operate will significantly enhance further development and adoption of digital engagement apps and the intelligence technologies underlying these apps, enabling the provision of care through personalized health journeys.

Transitioning towards patient-centric data-driven care models requires intensive collaboration among stakeholders and a willingness to incorporate dynamic interests that stretch beyond one's current domain. Breathe is focused on those companies in the healthcare sector that empower people to pursue vitality and improve their health using digital tools and technologies. Hence, Breathe strives to partner with companies that strengthen the establishment of a solid data backbone within healthcare sectors and with companies that create patient-centric digital engagement apps and tools. Through exceptional governance practices and coaching Breathe strives to support these companies in manifesting their purpose and realize innovation for the greater good.