Future Trends Health Care 2013 - Page 4

INTRODUCTION We now live longer and better than at any time in history. In the year 2000, there were roughly 35.6 million Americans age 65 and older. By 2030, this number is projected to double to an estimated 71.5 million. Death rates are down, long-term disability is down, life expectancy is the highest ever, and we are making progress against chronic diseases like diabetes and Alzheimer's which represent a growing threat, not only to patients but to our ability to keep health care affordable. The Health Care Industry offers the opportunity for the brightest doctors, nurses, ancillary care givers, scientists, engineers, IT workers and business leaders to work together to transform the system beyond our wildest dreams. The future of Health Care will include innovations in medicines, technologies, and care giving, and will assume an increasingly prominent role in the way we improve the quality of care for future generations. However, discussions with the business community reflect concern that demand for innovators is greater than the supply. In Texas, we have discovered a leak in the pipeline between the number of students who enter into college and the number who exit, which results in costly loss of expenditures and leads to a loss of skilled workers. Since 1987, North Central Texas InterLink has been the leader in industry driven labor market forecasting for the North Central Texas region, to help influence the future of career and technical education programs at the secondary and post-secondary levels which prepares students for the workforce. This is the second in a series of reports produced by InterLink about future trends in industries to help guide educators and students toward the next wave of knowledge, skills and technologies for education programs and practices. Subsequent reports will be published identifying the future of other industries. Dallas County Community College District, Health Careers Resource Center was a partner with the endeavor and, Health Care Industry Thought Leaders participated with the initiative to identify future trends that will affect the industry