Illness to Wellness - Connecting the hidden dots
We are all aware of the key challenges in healthcare - Cost, Access, Quality, Aging & Chronic Diseases, Over-regulation and 'non ready'/disconnected systems and processes to handle the realities of today. At the same time, technology evolution becomes the disruptor & enabler to address some of these challenges.
What is really needed at this stage is to create an inclusive environment locally and globally for faster and better impacts. The following scenarios may hint towards this recommendation. We can expand our view & try to discover other such hidden dots.
1. I DO - In today's connected world, how can we productively engage patients & health enthusiasts to help improve the healthcare system's effectiveness and outcomes? Can they become accountable for any improvements or deterioration in their own health and may be also for their immediate family & neighborhood?
2. Reverse Innovation Vs. Regulations - Some of the best frugal innovations are happening in the developing world. E.g. GE Healthcare's India team built a $800 EKG machine (as compared to a $ 10K machine in the US), ideal to survive and deliver results in the harsh conditions of the Indian villages. The machine produces EKG reports for as low as $2. The question is - is FDA or any other regulatory agency open to allowing usage of such products/platforms built in developing world to be used in US. This may positively address the challenges of cost etc.