Getting and staying healthy shouldn’t be difficult, especially in an age where we know so much about medicine. Yet too many Americans struggle to get the health care they deserve. Of course, there is no single reason why this phenomenon occurs nationwide. Rather, it’s a combination of factors that don’t make health care more accessible,
Example: Sometimes poor healthcare is due to a lack of patient confidence.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, About 10% of the population has no health insurance. In a population of 330 million, this equates to 33 million children and adults who are not seen, diagnosed or treated. People may hesitate to visit a doctor without insurance to support them.
Staffing shortages won’t help make healthcare more accessible
Another issue that often affects access to health care is labor shortages in the medical profession.Within three years, the healthcare world will have to adapt, says Duquesne University research Nearly 30,000 fewer nurse practitioners. However, the U.S. healthcare sector desperately needs these nursing professionals. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Professionals representing other medical disciplines, from nursing to neurology, will simply not be replaced. As The New York Times pointed out, This is a global crisis. Although young people are starting to study medicine today, many are not ready to practice medicine many years from now. Therefore, it is sometimes difficult to get an appointment. Our healthcare providers all operate under duress.
Rising costs are a final concern associated with limited access to healthcare. Those with insurance may pay less for doctor visits, urgent care or prescriptions. But that doesn’t mean they can afford anything other than preventive care. Co-pays and deductibles can be very high, causing many patients to drop useful drugs or become non-compliant.
Bringing Healthcare into the 21st Century with Solutions
These are worrisome questions. However, they inspire smart thinking and innovation.
Some companies see the healthcare conundrum as an opportunity to think smart. Here are a few companies that stand out right and stand out in the process.
1. Telehealth Software Providers: Making Healthcare More Accessible
The list of telehealth software and system providers is long. However, all these providers have some things in common. They are looking for ways to facilitate doctor consultations.
One strategy to reduce the need for travel therapy is virtual medicine. On the secure portal, patients can “meet” their doctor and get feedback. Even better, both parties found video tours great for a variety of situations.
For example, UCLA Health Recommend a virtual date For colds, urinary tract infections, certain chronic illnesses, influenza, update checks, and occasional follow-ups.
The point is clear. Telehealth can fill an important gap.It lowers many barriers to accessibility and can spend about half Compared to an office visit.
2. CPAP.com: Giving those in need the breathing space they deserve
It’s a tough road Patients requiring CPAP equipment Manage ongoing treatment of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea. After the global supply chain disruption that began during the pandemic, it’s hard to find new CPAP equipment these days.
Without competing for raw materials with industries such as large automotive and cellular companies, CPAP manufacturers cannot build enough machines to meet demand. For example, semiconductor chips are one of the hardest materials to find. Manufacturers use them in almost all modern electronic devices. Cellular modems in CPAP devices rely on these chips to transmit patients’ sleep therapy data to their physicians.
To overcome these challenges, CPAP.com prioritizes communication to inform patients about supply chain issues and machine availability. Other sleep apnea treatment devices, such as mouth guards, have also been posted online for those looking for alternatives to CPAP.
The company has also begun offering a simplified CPAP device to provide necessary treatment No cellular modem. Instead, SD cards are encoded with information. The data is then manually uploaded to the cloud. By deftly bypassing chip shortages, CPAP.com keeps the machines well-stocked at a time when most other online retailers struggle to maintain supply to meet demand.
3. Apple: Creatively personalizing healthcare with wearables
about half of mobile phone users Own an Apple iPhone. Many also bought an Apple Watch. Apple certainly knows this. That’s why they started investing in engineering software to allow Apple Watch users to capture personal health data.
A good example is the recently FDA-approved “History of Atrial Fibrillation” feature. Apple Watch owners will soon have access to this Apple-exclusive feature.wearing their latest apple watch, users can track their heart rate. They can look for anomalies in the data. They can then tell their doctor about their concerns.
Apple isn’t the first company to dabble in this space. Still, it has a large enough brand cache to drive important ads. As a result, more consumers are likely to hear about health-related features on Apple devices. As a result, Apple may be able to encourage more children, teens and adults to pay attention to their health discoveries.
4. Quio: Bridging the gap between patients and providers
What happens when a doctor prescribes injection therapy to a patient? Patients may never accept it. Alternatively, the patient may take the medication from time to time.Overall, injection adherence rates Hover around 50%. To make matters worse, doctors were excluded and had no idea what was going on.
Quio has succeeded in trying to solve this problem. Committed to bridging this communication and adherence gap, Quio stands out for its innovative medication adherence program. Patients who choose Quio as part of their healthcare plan receive a home kit.
The kit sends real-time information about their injections to their doctors. As a result, their service provider can more easily monitor them remotely (and intervene if necessary).
Already used by Medicare Advantage and Medicaid, Quio prides itself on helping prevent medicine. After all, holding patients accountable pushes them to take their medical orders more seriously. Therefore, they may be less likely to experience serious complications related to non-compliance and low compliance.
Making healthcare more accessible shouldn’t be something only the lucky ones can take advantage of. Granted, getting healthcare into everyone’s hands is a challenge. However, it is not insurmountable. Just be willing to think and try differently.
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