SHSMD and ACHE Release Futurescan 2016-2021: Healthcare Trends and Implications

Environmental assessment helps healthcare leaders plan for the future


Chicago (January 26, 2016) — The Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD), a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association, and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) today released the highly respected environmental assessment Futurescan 2016-2021: Healthcare Trends and Implications.

In the annual publication, sponsored by Evariant, eight thought leaders address important issues shaping the current and future landscape and offer their opinions on the implications the issues have for healthcare organizations. This edition also includes an introduction from renowned futurist and author Ian Morrison, PhD.
An essential tool for strategic planning, Futurescan 2016-2021 focuses on:

  • Engaging increasingly value-conscious patients and consumers (Christy Dempsey)
  • Exploring capital models required to finance transitions in healthcare (Michael Irwin)
  • Identifying change management skills and competencies leaders need for the future (Todd D. Jick, PhD)
  • Accelerating innovations that improve the value of healthcare (Ezra Mehlman)
  • Developing wellness programs that improve health and reduce medical costs (Michael F. Roizen, MD, and Olivia Delia)
  • Reengineering healthcare at a massive scale (Robert A. McDonald)
  • Assuming risk in caring for defined populations (Lee B. Sacks, MD, and Michael J Randall)
  • Integrating behavioral health and medical care (M. Justin Coffey, MD, and C. Edward Coffey, MD)

Futurescan is a valuable resource for helping hospitals and health systems prepare for the future,” says SHSMD President Larry Margolis. “The report explores key aspects of change that are transforming the healthcare field and having a profound impact on providers. It also includes expert insights into action steps executives and strategists can take to position their organizations for success in the rapidly evolving environment.”

According to ACHE President and CEO Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, “The publication examines trends all healthcare leaders must understand to advance effective and efficient healthcare in their communities. Each article is supported by data from the annual Futurescan survey, in which more than 500 members of ACHE and SHSMD across the country share their perspectives on how these trends are likely to impact their organizations over the next five years.”

For more information about Futurescan 2016-2021, visit

About the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD)
SHSMD, a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association, is the largest and most prominent voice for healthcare professionals in strategic planning, marketing, public relations and communications. SHSMD is committed to helping its members prepare for the future with greater knowledge and opportunity as their organizations strive to improve the health and quality of life of their communities. The society serves more than 4,000 members by providing a broad and constantly updated array of resources, services, experiences and connections. For more information, visit

About the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
ACHE is an international professional society of 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE’s mission is to advance its members and healthcare management excellence. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE’s established network of 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its vision of being the preeminent professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving health. For more information, visit

About Evariant
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