As medical treatment is impacted by technology, consumerization, and the mobile revolution, we may see a world where your doctor already knows why you’re sick and can treat you over the phone--leaving the hospitals for the true emergencies.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases contribute to seven out of 10 deaths every year in the United States. Data also shows that the largest volume of readmissions occurs among patients with chronic disease and more than 75% of health care costs are in fact attributed to chronic illness. Sense.ly helps address these systemic issues by enabling patients to manage their chronic diseases through a telehealth platform offering access to home-based behavior and medication services and consultation. The telehealth market, which is slated to impact 1.8 million patients worldwide by 2017, compared to 308,000 today, offers a glimpse into what the most profitable hospitals of the future might look like--empty.
When I think about where health care is today and how hospitals look and feel in this day and age, I think back on the 1950’s “sliding baby drawer” mentioned earlier. Mostly, I know that someday, someone in my same CMIO and MD shoes will think how silly it was that doctors actually hand-typed patient notes; that consumers didn’t know the number of steps they walked in a day or how much it actually cost to get hip surgery; and that people actually drove to see a doctor face-to-face vs. simply speaking to them over the television or computer. When I think about all of these things and the tumultuous changes impacting patient care, I can’t help but wonder what our generation’s version of the sliding baby drawer might be.