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June 17, 2022

The big picture

When digital capabilities are woven into the very fabric of the world, the physical world becomes as smart, customizable and programmable as we expect the digital one to be.

The analysis: The three layers of the programmable world


of healthcare executives report the number of IoT/edge devices deployed in their organizations significantly or exponentially increased over the past three years.

Things to look out for: Challenges connecting the programmable world

Actions to take: Full stack programmability

Level up the foundational, connected layer

5G is poised to be transformational in terms of its speed and low latency, but rollouts are still in the works. By the end of 2021, Ericsson estimated that 5G networks would cover only about 25% of the global population.3,4

Get involved with industry-wide alliances

To have trustworthy data, healthcare organizations need the right channel, source, policies and governance in place. Join in consortiums and industry standards groups to shape governance, data interoperability and cyber security standards.

Bridge digital and physical worlds

Over time, digital twins will become the engine for every healthcare enterprise’s programmable world strategy, letting them invent products, design experiences and run their organizations in ways that would have been unimaginable years ago.

Explore future technologies on the material layer

Partnerships with startups and universities are a good way to make certain you are staying right at the forefront of real-world technology innovation. As this space is still budding, it is critical that leaders test and learn new material layer technologies like 3D printing and smart materials and revise the way they consider ROI.


About the Authors

Brian Kalis

Managing Director – Strategy Lead, Health, Accenture

Jenica McHugh

Managing Director – Technology Strategy, Global

Kaveh Safavi, MD, JD

Senior Managing Director – Consulting Global Health

Andrew Truscott

Managing Director – Health, Technology Lead, Global

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