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.
Patient numbers and their needs are escalating, creating an exponential problem for clinicians. The traditional model of medicine simply can’t keep up with this high demand. In response, many health organizations are searching for scalable solutions to rising patient needs.
Humankind is constantly innovating new solutions to old problems - a pen and ink instead of a chisel and stone. We call these innovations technology. Going back as far as recorded history, technology has shaped nations, politics, and the world as we know it today.
Patient education, patient engagement, behavior change are all trending topics in the current healthcare climate. The importance of these topics hinges on two important results integrated delivery networks invest themselves in - improved patient outcomes and lower medical costs.
Whole-person care is somewhat of a controversial topic these days. Connotations of employee wellness programs gone wrong and images of snake oil salesmen may come to mind for many - both patients and healthcare providers.
Human beings are complex. Not only do we have a physical and emotional side, but all facets of our being are intertwined with each other. The emotional state affects the mental, and the mental influences the physical, and so on and so forth. Psychologists have grappled with these human complexities for centuries, proposing many theories along the way.
Studies show that people living with chronic conditions benefit from human support in the form of online communities, where they can interact with peers and help each other achieve lasting change.