How many times have you wondered what else might be affecting a person’s health? They seem to be doing all the right things but they don’t improve.
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.
Everyone involved in the funding and delivery of healthcare is well aware of the impact social determinants have on outcomes for individuals and populations. Whether they be publicly funded or insurance based health systems, the challenge in addressing these remains the same.
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?”