Many technologies and inventions being introduced to the market, the majority use a buzz word related to solving a problem or one piece of the puzzle in healthcare. Unfortunately more often than not the goal is just to get a billion-dollar piece of the pie.
This is the so-called new gold rush. But who are these inventors? Are they really qualified enough to claim that such an invention will disrupt the market? In my opinion, the answer is: yes and no.
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Yes because they are the only inventors allowed and think outside the box and No because not all are the experts in their own domain.
When it comes to healthcare technology invention physicians are the experts of the clinical domain but their disconnection from their own industry has created a significant vacuum that draws in the lesser of the experts. It is real and it is here to stay, and it will get worse unless we fix it within ourselves.
Healthcare information is a multi-billion-dollar business. Even though software companies may have a convincing story for physicians that the data is encrypted but believe me they are the ones who created the software thus have the capability to access them all. So read the fine print, right?
Open-source application program interface (API) system is what makes us connected to others in a computer and cyber world so someone can hack the information along the pipeline. They say as long as we keep the patient identity private sharing other data like blood pressure is OK. Companies and research group pay millions if not billions for this data, one that was solely created by patients and their physicians.
Yet still won’t be delivering proper healthcare and medical service to patients. If those data were redistributed among individual owners it would solve most of the healthcare issues at least from a cost and quality perspective. If health data has value then patients, doctors, and providers will have more incentive to take care of their health and make credits in exchange to treatment and they will have more reason to improvise the means that data is being incorporated into the system, utilized, redistributed and extracted. Hence technologies built would be more in line with what they need.
So, in reality, current technologies only address the business requirements of the companies that are developing with one major focus. That is mining for data, profit from big data and quick revenue stream.
This has been the sad consequence of the physician passiveness leading to misfit solutions offered to their practice that in turn led to physician failure and distrust. This trend has created 21st-century slavery by a few large corporate entities.
This need to stop
We are on a slippery slope to self-destruction.
The quality of healthcare delivery has to be evaluated and validated at the root of the healthcare system, which is the physician and patient encounter. Quality assurance should be implemented through a bottom-up approach Vs. the typical top-down approach which means bureaucracy and some one-size-fits-all measures.
Better quality should be rewarded at the spot. Physicians and patients need to take active roles and take charge. Technology needs to be validated by physicians and healthcare providers appropriately. It also requires validation by patients based on their requirements. It has to be transparent and they have to be able to hold others accountable through a transparent approach.
Strategies must be customized to fit each individual patient and physician needs within a certain practice. We need to implement the right technology, strategy and resources available to us that was not available a couple of decades ago. We need to empower precision medicine and personalized medicine and transition away from population-based healthcare.
This is like a turf war over who controls the resources. We need to step out of the woods and re-organize and help ourselves. We will prevail if we open our minds for changes and work together as a team.
Technology does not have to only reward business owners. It needs to be rewarding for everyone in the game and needs every stakeholder’s contribution to prevail. Until physicians step out of their comfort zone and claim what truly belongs to them, healthcare will be suffering for years to come and could lose personalization to corporatization.
Empower the patient by providing full access to their records and authentication capability for this access through custom user experience developed for smooth and flawless patient experience
Let’s create an environment for all resources to be easily and conveniently accessible to stakeholders with patients and providers at its core, and provide a comprehensive transparent strategy that is easily understandable to every physician, followed by objective feedback and corrective action plan.