‘Prescription for Change’ is the title of an article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal this week. It is a fascinating description of the global revolution in information technology that will force hospitals and other care providers to adapt and use innovations in networking and communications.

According to the article, there will be three often overlapping modes of delivering health care services in the future: services performed in person by humans, services that can be performed by people at a remote location, and services performed by computers without direct human involvement.

What happens in acute care will provide a road map for long term care and ageing services. It won’t happen overnight but it will happen on a global scale.