The Manhattan Project of Healthcare
The Manhattan Project research and development endeavor was a gathering of the era’s leading scientists, a massive government-funded pursuit, and a demonstration of cross-border cooperation — not unlike the vaccination R&D efforts we’re witnessing in real-time today. The researchers and work behind the original Manhattan Project initiated follow-on, world-changing innovations in aerospace, computing, energy, and dozens of other sectors. In that ripple-effect context, this moment in time is the origin story of two decades of exciting, disruptive innovation in the healthcare sector and beyond.
The global pandemic has fast accelerated healthcare innovation; particularly in the US, milestones that were ten years away are here now, including the move to telemedicine. Governments are relaxing the laws that made it challenging for telehealth companies to grow in an effort to better address our present healthcare crisis. These regulatory tailwinds are a strong foundation for numerous opportunities in the space: the consumerization of the patient experience, infrastructure for the 1 ZB of data that the US healthcare system generates every year (not to mention data from wearables), remote-first ecosystems for physicians, and virtual mental health services to meet a growing demand.