A Foresight Analysis of Pervasive Healthcare Technologies

by Thomas Gauthier & Katarzyna Wac


Inevitably, healthcare goes pervasive, yet its many potential future scenarios are still to be defined.
We employ foresight techniques to define some of these scenarios, as relevant for the current and future
state of healthcare in Geneva, Switzerland. We teach the methodology to undergraduate business
administration students – potential e.g., managers and policymakers in the future healthcare system of
Geneva. Our objective is twofold: to train students at scenario building and to develop scenarios for
pervasive healthcare technologies and their social implications. Results include scenarios developed
by the students as well as lessons learned with respect to the power of foresight techniques employed
with novices in this field.

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