Health Technology Supporting Consumer Driven Healthcare
Healthcare delivery in the United States and abroad is following a pattern present in the wider culture in which consumer(s) demand (and generally receive) increasingly rapid access to information, goods and services of all types. This pattern can be seen in the proliferation of technology and services that offer greater convenience when accessing clinicians.
Mobile applications and software programs that run on smartphones and other mobile communication devices can help consumers manage their own health and wellness, promote healthy living, and provide access to useful information when (and where) they need it. According to the FDA, the industry estimates by 2018, 50 percent of the more than 3.4 billion smartphone and tablet users will have downloaded mobile health applications. Despite the widespread adoption and use of health IT and mobile technologies no consumer driven health care platform exists that utilizes a value-based approach.
The next decade will mark a turning point for the healthcare industry. As healthcare reform and the economy continue to present challenges, innovative advancements in healthcare information technology and mobile applications will provide a key driver in reducing costs and improving patient care. Central to reducing costs and improving patient care is a value-based approach to empower consumers through transparency.
“Transparency would at least help uninsured patients and all consumers of care know what they were going to be charged and the quality of the services they would receive.” – from Who Killed Health Care?, by Regina Herzlinger, Harvard Business School
My vision is to provide users a transparent, “value-based explorer” to determine patient centric health outcomes and choose which provider best meets their individualistic family needs. Thanks to likeminded active citizens we are on the right course. We’ve developed an innovative application that leverages the power of data to provide transparent reporting of health outcomes and improves access to care. Stay tuned for more on Doc Outcomes!