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Digital transformation: Health systems’ investment priorities

– Health system executives globally view digital and AI transformation as crucial to overcome many challenges, a new survey reveals, yet 75 percent say their investments may be falling short.

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The AI opportunity: How payers can capture it now

– AI and automation could lower administrative and medical costs and increase revenue. But payers have yet to mobilize to transform their organizations to capture this opportunity.

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Scaling national e-health: Best practices from around the world

– We examined best practices from around the world to identify proven ways to implement e-health successfully. These insights could... help other countries unlock their own e-health potential.
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Value creation through business model innovation in US healthcare

– Innovative business models in US healthcare are creating substantial value, but much opportunity remains, even among the fastest-growing... organizations.
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Consumers rule: Driving healthcare growth with a consumer-led strategy

– Consumers are increasingly discerning about where, how, and from whom they receive healthcare. Healthcare can learn from other... industries how to provide an optimal end-to-end consumer experience.
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Ensuring the financial sustainability of academic medical centers

– In response to financial pressures, academic medical centers are pursuing efforts to improve their near-term fiscal health. Clinician... engagement is crucial to longer-term success.

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The Future of Nursing: McKinsey’s Frontline Insights

McKinsey research on the nursing workforce has yielded invaluable insights into the challenges confronted by nurses both in the... United States and across the globe.
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McKinsey on Healthcare: Innovate to thrive

– A selection of recent articles exploring ongoing uncertainties within the US healthcare industry in 2023 and the opportunities... for innovation and improvement that have emerged throughout the year.
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The Future of Healthcare

A new set of forces buffeting our industry foretell, perhaps, a significant restructuring of our sector. While challenges to healthcare... affordability and access, and industry economics abound, so too do opportunities for rapid, at-scale innovation to improve the future of care.
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McKinsey on Healthcare Podcast

A new series of podcasts around transforming healthcare

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Unlocking the power of price transparency data

– Is the future of healthcare consumer-centric?
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Speaking to hearts and minds in healthcare

– The power of the spoken word can be a messenger for change.
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Beyond the numbers: Creating a more diverse future for health

– A conversation about leadership, visions for a future of integrated healthcare systems, and the clear benefits of more diverse... teams.
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Meeting the member where they are: What is the future of health equity?

– A conversation about addressing the well-being of underserved patient populations and ensuring zip codes are not a key predictor... of health outcomes.

Provider Insights

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Digital transformation: Health systems’ investment priorities

– Health system executives globally view digital and AI transformation as crucial to overcome many challenges, a new survey reveals,... yet 75 percent say their investments may be falling short.
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How to bridge the experience gap by supporting nurses of all tenures

– With leaving still on nurses’ minds, organizations that address the varying needs and preferences of nurses of all tenures... can help mitigate departures and create more rewarding experiences for all.
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Payment integrity in the age of AI and value-based care

– The rise of AI and value-based care is poising the $9 billion payment integrity industry for change.
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2024 health systems outlook: A host of challenges ahead

– Health systems may face a challenging year ahead, with increasing competition from nontraditional players, workforce shortages,... and demands for new capabilities. However, these challenges also present opportunities for leaders to focus on resilience, find efficiencies, and take a multilever approach to growth.

Payer Insights

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The AI opportunity: How payers can capture it now

– AI and automation could lower administrative and medical costs and increase revenue. But payers have yet to mobilize to transform... their organizations to capture this opportunity.
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How price transparency could affect US healthcare markets

– Price transparency is one of several industry innovations that is increasing the potential for consumerism in US healthcare.
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The future of Medicare Advantage

– The Medicare Advantage program is undergoing its biggest shifts in more than two decades. Payers can take steps now to mount a... strategic, agile response as the changes unfold.
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2024 payers outlook: Opportunities abound

– Five considerations for payer executives as they navigate potential challenges in 2024 and position themselves for future growth.

Healthcare Services & Technology Insights

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Scaling national e-health: Best practices from around the world

– We examined best practices from around the world to identify proven ways to implement e-health successfully. These insights could... help other countries unlock their own e-health potential.
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The potential benefits of AI for healthcare in Canada

– Integrating AI into Canadian healthcare could help simplify administrative work; improve system management, care quality, and... patient and staff experience; and boost affordability via lower spending.
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2024 healthcare services outlook: Challenges and opportunities

– The healthcare services sector has seen rapid growth over recent years. Despite the challenges organizations may face in 2024,... opportunities for the sector still abound.
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Untapped opportunities for health system pharmacies

– Two McKinsey surveys of health system pharmacy leaders reveal that pharmacies could do more to manage margins, improve patient... access, and position themselves as strategic sources of growth.

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Business Building in Healthcare

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Digital transformation: Health systems’ investment priorities

– Health system executives globally view digital and AI transformation as crucial to overcome many challenges, a new survey reveals,... yet 75 percent say their investments may be falling short.
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Value creation through business model innovation in US healthcare

– Innovative business models in US healthcare are creating substantial value, but much opportunity remains, even among the fastest-growing... organizations.
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How to bridge the experience gap by supporting nurses of all tenures

– With leaving still on nurses’ minds, organizations that address the varying needs and preferences of nurses of all tenures... can help mitigate departures and create more rewarding experiences for all.
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Leadership rundown: How US healthcare leaders are scaling innovation and transformation

– Healthcare organizations are exploring ways to use data, analytics, and AI to drive and scale innovation and transformation.

Consumer Health Insights

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Consumers rule: Driving healthcare growth with a consumer-led strategy

– Consumers are increasingly discerning about where, how, and from whom they receive healthcare. Healthcare can learn from other... industries how to provide an optimal end-to-end consumer experience.
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Healthcare in Latin America: What are consumers looking for?

– A survey of more than 4,200 people paints a picture of typical healthcare consumers in Latin America, including their tendency... to defer care and their desire for more convenient settings of care.
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Consumers’ perceptions of their health-related social needs

– Healthcare ecosystem entities can use insights gleaned from a US consumer survey of health-related social needs to inform policies... and programs and improve outcomes.
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Meeting changing consumer needs: The US retail pharmacy of the future

– In the face of industry headwinds, pharmacies can work to make the most of their distinct advantages to meet shifting consumer... needs.

Behavioral Health Insights

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Working nine to thrive

– Better aligning employment with modifiable drivers of health could unlock years of higher-quality life and create trillions of... dollars of economic value.
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Understanding and prioritizing nurses’ mental health and well-being

– More than half of surveyed nurses in the United States reported symptoms of burnout. Employers can take additional steps to better... support nurses today and sustain the profession for the future.
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Reframing employee health: Moving beyond burnout to holistic health

– A new McKinsey Health Institute survey across 30 countries offers insights into how organizations can help create a workplace... that prioritizes physical, mental, social, and spiritual health.
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Gen Z mental health: The impact of tech and social media

– A new McKinsey Health Institute survey finds that Gen Z’s social media engagement can feel negative but can also help with... finding mental health support and connectivity.

Public Health Insights

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Public health’s inflection point with generative AI

– Public health organizations can responsibly use generative AI to improve service delivery, bolster outbreak preparedness, accelerate... R&D, and enhance health outcomes for communities.
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Future-proofing health systems for climate risks and pandemics

– Climate change and infectious-health risks are threatening health systems across the globe. High-impact investments that address... these risks concurrently could also help build resilient health systems.
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The end of the COVID-19 public health emergency: What’s next?

– As a raft of federal COVID-19 support interventions and regulatory waivers expire, healthcare providers, payers, and other private... stakeholders can respond strategically.
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Virtual health for all: Closing the digital divide to expand access

– Affordable broadband with wraparound support could expand access to cost-efficient virtual health for underserved communities.... Seven actions could help state and local leaders unlock this opportunity.

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Bridging the women’s health gap: A country-level exploration

– In this McKinsey Health Institute interactive analysis, we explore the latest data on the impact of women’s health issues... around the world.
McKinsey Direct

Early adoption of generative AI in commercial life sciences

– Pilots of generative AI commercial use cases at biopharmaceutical and medtech companies have been promising, but success at scale... hinges on a clear—and budgeted—gen AI strategy and custom solutions.
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Redesigning for speed: Addressing life cycle compression in biopharma

– Biopharmaceutical companies that make bold moves to address life cycle compression, including reshaping portfolios and operations... for agility and decisiveness, can capture value from innovation.
Interview - McKinsey Health Institute

The business of healthcare: ‘I’m always optimistic about what’s possible’

– Clinician and business executive Cheryl Pegus shares her bold vision for healthcare and the role businesses can play in ensuring... everyone has access to high-quality healthcare.
Interview - McKinsey Health Institute

‘We need to invest in health workers between major pandemics—not just when we have a pandemic’

– Former US government official and long-time social entrepreneur Raj Panjabi shares insights on the importance of community health... workers and on how being a refugee connects to his perspective on health equity.
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What to expect in US healthcare in 2024 and beyond

– A new perspective on how technology, transformation efforts, and other changes have affected payers, health systems, healthcare... services and technology, and pharmacy services.
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Healthcare’s next chapter: What’s ahead for the US healthcare industry

– The US healthcare industry faces continued uncertainty in 2024, but healthcare leaders can seize opportunities for innovation... and improvement. Building resilient and agile organizations will be crucial for success in this challenging environment.
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What early-stage investing reveals about biotech innovation

– Public funding for biotech remains tenuous, but in 2022 and 2023 venture capitalists have continued to pour money into innovative... platforms that could revolutionize the sector.
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Digital diagnostics: A path forward for IVD

– In vitro diagnostics players are being tested as their offerings are increasingly commoditized. Digital diagnostics offers a path... to growth.
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Aging with purpose: Why meaningful engagement with society matters

– A McKinsey Health Institute analysis shows older adults are happier and healthier when they engage more in society—and helping... them do so could benefit the economy.
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Improving US orthopedic care via patient-centric pathways

– Orthopedic care is among the largest categories in US healthcare; improvements could have far-reaching positive effects. We analyze... care pathways to spot opportunities for better coordination.
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