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?”
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.
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.
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.
In the United States, low life expectancy is rising due to unresolved chronic mental conditions and other recurring illnesses. Low clinician to patient ratios make diagnosis difficult.
Whole-person care broadly covers the emotional aspects of health as well as social and economic barriers to well-being. Not surprisingly, in the midst of all the information about holistic effectiveness, there are misconceptions about this type of wellness.
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.
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?