A Look at the Future of Healthcare

I saw this tweet from David Chou and thought that it was a good predictor of where healthcare is heading as we move to a value based care world. Check it out below:

When people see this graphic, they always point out how small of an impact healthcare delivery has on your health. That’s an important point, but I’m more interested in knowing how the other 90% impact health and the innovations in healthcare that are embracing these areas.

This graphic seems like a great indicator of where healthcare needs to head and where I believe it will head. The best innovations in health will be around influencing behavioral factors and genetics. What do you think? What companies do you know that work in these areas that we should be watching more closely?

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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  • I think behavioral factors is where the biggest change is going to come as more people are able to take control of their health independent of healthcare providers. The increase of wearable technology will allow more immediate feedback to individuals which will help drive changes in behavior. The question I have is will the information be accurate enough to create meaningful change or will it be more like the Fitbit craze that is mostly hype with no real results?

  • I think we will see an evolution in the quality and type of data. I’ve often said that the issue with Fitbit is that the data is not clinically relevant. However, there are new sensors that do have data that are clinically relevant. Reminds me of my friend Dr. Tom that said, “Once we get to the blood, then we can do everything.” I think he’s right about data from our blood will open up a whole lot of opportunities to really understand our health.

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