It’s been nine years since the Affordable Care Act was enacted.
Integrated delivery systems (IDNs) are uniquely situated to deeply understand and serve patients within their particular geographic region. However, their payment model in addition to other factors, threatens the long-term growth of these organizations.
Approximately one-third of people who are overweight are currently diabetic. According to the Centers for Disease Control, managing weight has become so difficult that people who fall within normal-weight ranges are currently in the minority.
Yet in 2018 the diet industry in the U.S. grew by 4%—to $72 billion. This leads us to question why so many people are struggling to self-manage conditions, like obesity, that directly contribute to chronic illness.
Almost half of the U.S. population has at least one chronic illness. It’s possible to limit the progression or reverse non-complex conditions with self-management. But there are often overwhelming barriers that prevent patients from self-managing their condition.
Over 75% of the population is uneasy about the rising cost of health care and the economic damage it may cause.
A large percentage of the U.S. budget is directed to health care accounting for 20% of GDP. Clinics and health systems are managing greater patient needs while dealing with expenses that are multiplying faster than ever before. Clinicians need scalable ways to empower patients with chronic conditions to take active roles in their care.
Care plan non-adherence creates monumental challenges for US health care. Estimated costs have grown to over $13 billion each year as patients who don’t adhere to their care plan need extra hospitalizations and costly procedures. Every year over 100,000 deaths can be traced back to this one issue.
Discussions on scalable health care often center around a key question, “Which resources aren’t being used to their full potential?”
Architects understand a very important principle that healthcare professionals can learn from: without the right support, a building can’t stand.
Medical progress comes from a long history of development and discovery. For instance, in the Civil War Era doctors developed just enough knowledge to keep patients alive. And while they would’ve wanted to also improve a patient’s quality of life, they didn’t always have the tools necessary to do so.
Just like any other industry, healthcare has a past, a present, and a future. However, with low patient-to-clinician ratios and rising patient needs, the future of healthcare is hanging in the balance.