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?
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.