The average American spends $10,348 per year on healthcare, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. That’s $3.3 trillion a year, or about 18% of the Gross Domestic Product. Only Switzerland and Norway come close to that kind of spending.
Definitely better healthcare at a lower cost is a big debate in US. There are different plans in place, and software too – to empower patients. There has been increased patient access and large data set aggregation, which can lead to patient empowerment and tremendous research discoveries.
Patient empowerment has been considered as one of the digital healthcare growth drivers in 2020. The key drivers have expanded patient engagement as well as an institutional investment with the ultimate goal of reducing costs.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare is a giant opportunity to help revolutionize patient outcomes and reduce costs.
Forbes reports that the digital transformation of healthcare will gain momentum as drivers include better tools such as AI and virtual trials to empower patient outcomes, maturation of funding to public markets, regulatory innovation and technology adoption and more alliances between entrepreneurs and large companies.
Another important thing in US healthcare is providing access to quality and affordable healthcare options. Real pain is that more and more dollars available in a state, are getting eaten up by healthcare, and it gets faster than anything else like housing, transportation, and everything else.
Not that it wasn’t tried through technology to reduce cost; the first attempt at EMR just didn’t reduce cost as much as we hoped. Event transparency in #healthcare didn’t make any substantial changes.
Of course, we all could get together and try to get this cost under control – one is to start spending on what keeps us healthy.
The empowered patient:
- Tracks their own health
- Decides which info they want to share
- Uses online information to verify diagnosis and therapies
- Wants instant feedback and advice
Data is vital, as it builds patient empowerment through:
- Patient engagement
- Patient-centered outcomes
- Helps patients practice self-care
- Improves communication between clinicians and patients
Patient Empowerment puts the patient in the heart of healthcare services.