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.
As an advisor to a company working in the field of digital health, it was with some uncertainty that I attended my first meeting on Precision Medicine ( Personalized or Individualized Medicine) back in 2013. The focus then was on the significant advances that have occurred in the field of genomics and how these might change the way we practice medicine such as the promise of prevention and early detection of cancers and being able to tailor the treatment to the individual, based on the genetic makeup or knowing which drug to use to treat chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.
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.
Melon has spent seven years integrating with primary care. During that time we’ve gathered significant and valuable insight into wellness solutions and care coordination. Clinicians have shared their values and aspirations with us. And they’ve let us in on their greatest frustrations as they care for their patients.
Engagement - it means different things to different people at different times. To some in healthcare it’s an elaborate version of patient education. For others it simply means improving the patient experience.