Chronic disease is a major problem for developed countries. Cardiovascular disease is growing at an alarming pace with over two million people diagnosed each year. In the United States alone, over 30 million people are currently living with diabetes.
Everyone wants better healthcare outcomes. That’s why millions of dollars are spent each year on medical resources. But are these dollars translating into better healthcare?
In the United States healthcare spending per capita ranges from 50 to 200 percent higher than in other developed countries. Despite the rise in cost, life expectancy has dropped for three years straight in the U.S. So while healthcare costs are rising, quality of care isn’t necessarily following suit.
Clinicians face limitations that affect how and how much they are able to engage patients in their own care.
The healthcare system has been traditionally focused on disease management and helping sick people.It hasn’t been so good at helping people not get sick in the first place. While we’ve started to pinpoint patients who are at risk for chronic illness, getting those patients to take action to not get sick has been a different story.