From Uninformed Healthy to Informed and Proactively Healthy
By Mohie Elrafey, Chief Marketing Officer, Eastern Growth Markets at GE Healthcare
As I write this, I believe that I am healthy. That’s because I don’t feel sick or show any noticeable symptoms of illness. However, I don’t really know this is true, since I don’t check my health status in real time.
That’s how we’ve always lived, unless we happen to be hooked up to monitors in a hospital bed.
The thing is, this lack of real-time health data has several consequences:
- I don’t have information that would let me take steps to proactively prevent or curb the onset of disease.
- This lack of real-time data on my health makes it more difficult for doctors, nurses and other caregivers to optimize and coordinate my care in a preventive, timely or efficient way.
- When disease takes hold, often individuals will present with late onset or more progressed disease. This makes treatment more complex, recovery longer and outcomes sometimes sub-optimal.
- As a result, healthcare costs are often higher, putting a heavier burden on an already stretched healthcare system.
We need to act now!
Being able to access real-time health data would go a long way toward helping us take control and ownership of our health.
Imagine a future where all your health data is with you 24/7, and your real-time health is monitored and shared – with the right level of security in place – with your healthcare providers, such as a primary care physician, specialist or health coach.
You’d now be in a position to proactively manage your health while you’re healthy and prevent the onset of disease. You can do this through tailored wellness and prevention programs that address your specific needs and real-time health status.
Should you show signs of disease, it is flagged early, giving you and your care team an early opportunity to take timely action. This could potentially curb the disease from taking hold altogether, making a big impact on your health and on healthcare costs that otherwise would be associated with your care.
Should you need hospitalization, caregivers would have access to a plethora of data on you that they can pull from instantly. Using AI, and machine and deep learning, they can optimize your care and treatment at the right time, personalized to deliver the best possible outcomes for you.
After discharge, your health will continue to be monitored, and you can return to proactive, real-time health monitoring and management.
By unlocking the potential of real-time health data to empower individuals, we will truly drive care to the community, both at the individual level and at scale, unlocking the true potential of population health, which is focused on wellness and prevention, versus treatment.
At the same time, healthcare costs should be substantially reduced, as we all become part of the informed and proactively healthy.
In addition to this, as we become more informed about our health and engaged in our care, we will be able to assess and voice our opinions in real time, on both the quality of the care we receive and our personal experiences. As we provide feedback on caregivers, hospitals, clinics, treatments and services, we can contribute to upgrading the quality of the overall healthcare system.
That’s a reimagined tomorrow that I can’t wait to see, and one that I believe we have just begun to scratch the surface
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