Connecting care teams to patients can drive patient engagement and improve treatment processes that can assist cooperative care. Dr. Dan Berman has established himself in the healthcare world as a well-known observer and thought leader on the deep internal dynamics that are transforming US healthcare as a result of his focused contributions to the industry at large. Through his personal life experiences in athletics and the healthcare industry, Dan has been imaginative in the requirement of providing viable answers to these crucial concerns. As a young child growing up in a Boston-area public housing complex, he witnessed firsthand healthcare inequities and challenges with access to care, as well as prevention resources. As a result of this life experience and subsequent twenty-five years as a healthcare professional and executive, Dan was motivated to develop a dynamic model, which he called The Healthcare System in Dynamic Balance.
Dr. Daniel Berman’s primary takeaways are listed below:
A greater emphasis on interconnected health.
To improve efficiency and promote patient comfort, healthcare will focus more on connected health and delivering care outside the hospital walls in the next years. The COVID-19 epidemic has highlighted the importance of interacting with patients remotely. This skill will continue after the pandemic’s persistent threat has passed. The public’s knowledge of the Internet of Things (IoT) has grown as a result of recent improvements in personal/mobile devices, connection, and miniaturization, so a solid foundation has already been laid. A readiness to keep, manage, share, and exchange data across an expanding network of healthcare providers where patients become active participants is critical to developing linked care.
Patients will have easier access to their medical records.
Improving patient access to their healthcare data will also make it easier for doctors to access this data, which includes patient histories. Physicians are currently confined to data that is only available in their IT system, and patients who move or change providers have difficulty getting information. Data availability promotes patient-physician communication, resulting in increased situational awareness and subsequent decisions when patients are more engaged in their care. Patients can also seek second opinions and weigh in on treatment options more easily. Finally, more data availability will strengthen the bond of trust between patients and their healthcare providers, resulting in higher patient satisfaction.
Wearable technologies and real-time data improve decision-making.
The rise of “smart” healthcare is on the rise. Given the prevalence of wearable technology and real-time data collecting, the Internet of Things has become a de facto healthcare standard for measuring “well-being.” Everyone may easily collect biometrics, track them over time, and receive improvement tips. Many chronic disorders are the same way (for example, cardiac arrhythmias, where implanted defibrillators monitor the patient’s status and report to their doctors). Patients’ desire for “smart” gadgets to collect and analyse their data, interact with their doctors, and receive continuous and tailored care will fuel demand for “smart” devices.
Defending against the rising prevalence of chronic diseases.
Patients with chronic diseases should strive to live regular lives despite the fact that their health issues necessitate constant monitoring. Repeated and protracted hospital stays are incompatible with this goal. Many people with donated kidneys, insulin pumps, or pacemakers today enjoy practically normal lives as a result of great advancements in treatment across generations. Patients can avoid hospitals for the majority of their normal care because to advancements in “smart” gadgets for chronic disease monitoring and care. Connected care is also a powerful tool for bridging socioeconomic gaps in access to care by allowing patients to receive the finest care, regardless of their location or access points. Finally, by interacting with patients on a regular basis, linked care can improve patient adherence to their treatment plan, thus improving overall health outcomes.