The healthcare model in the United States is broken, and leading voices are talking more and more about it
Everyone, at some point, ends up interacting with the healthcare system. And when you do, it becomes quickly apparent the system is bloated and broken. Whether it is the long waits in the waiting room, exorbitant costs, or the possibility that you walk out more sick than when you entered – often due to medical malpractice or by getting bit by a superbug bacteria. Over half of people over the age of 85 that go the hospital leave more disabled, and as our population ages, we are all beginning to discuss statistics like this more and more. At home healthcare is the answer.
TED the brand has many speakers who support the idea that the current healthcare model is bloated and broken
TED, the popular host of thousands of captivating speakers, had Niels van Namen, the VP of Healthcare at UPS and healthcare futurist, speak about where he believes healthcare of the future will be administered – your home. He mentioned many intense statistics, like the number three cause of death in the United States is medical mistakes, that 64% of Americans are avoiding healthcare because of the cost, and that many elderly people are not going to the hospital because of logistics. This last instance leads to the most costly acute care.
With issues like these and more, what is the answer?
Telemedicine makes sense for many reasons
People like Niels believe telemedicine will play a very large role. Technology is allowing many medical tests to be conducted inside individuals home. Tests like blood, glucose and urine tests can all be taken at the patient’s home and then picked up by pickup and dropoff services who work with hospitals. Pacemakers are being made to proactively alert healthcare providers when a patient’s heart is showing irregular activity. The results are lower costs of care, reduction of the long drives from rural areas to hospitals, and patients getting to spend their precious time, often in their last few months, at home with their loved ones.
m.Care is part of the future of telemedicine
m.Care, a powerful telemedicine software platform, hears stories all the time where patients experience the future of healthcare because their provider chose m.Care as their telemedicine platform. m.Care agrees wholeheartedly with Niels and is actively in the trenches fighting for what we believe is a better way to provide care. It’s so refreshing to hear smart, well informed people like Niels agree with us.
Conclusion – Many thought leaders, big brands and futurists believe that technologies like m.Care are a better way to provide healthcare
TED.com has many videos similar to the Niels’ talk where he discusses how the current healthcare model is broken and there are better way to care for people. There are ways that allow people to spend more time doing the things they want to do, and not spending hours commuting to and from hospitals. This significantly reduces costs so more money can be spent on things like cures and not on hospital infrastructure. This will help lower the amount of deaths caused by medical mistakes. Thank you Niels, for leading the movement to do healthcare better.