When I started practicing almost 30 years ago, I realized all the nursing home patients were there because they didn’t know how to take care of themselves properly throughout their adult lives which resulted in disability and disease in later life. Not much has changed since 1988; here we are, at the beginning of the grey tsunami.
Chronic disease is on the rise and there are not enough physicians to support the traditional disease care model. Health care delivery costs are rising and the result is a rising tax burden. Our single biggest challenge is to ensure that not only must we safeguard our healthcare services, but make sure it survives and thrives for our children and grandchildren.
This challenge can be overcome by pursuing a number of different strategies, beginning with preventing disease all together. As well, we must activate proven low-cost lifestyle behaviours which keep us healthy and reduce the need to access our costly disease care system. This is a wellness strategy. Wellness is not voodoo. These solutions are based on sound science.
Leveraging technology is the other important strategy. It comes in two forms:
- First, monitoring that is aided by activity wearables and medical devices.
- Second, through the use of diagnostics such as genetics, proteinomics and metabolomics. Using this precise medical data will help to create a personalized health plan.
What could this world look like?
Imagine a world where, in the palm of your hands, you monitor, track and analyze your lifestyle, vital signs and biometric data in real time with smart devices and systems that can test your blood, saliva and urine at home.
With the advent of such new testing technology and artificial intelligence, you will get regular feedback and trend tracking. You’ll receive recommendations on what type and how much exercise or meditation you need to do, how much and what to eat and drink, and guidance for taking the right medications and supplements for the day based on your genetics and daily monitoring.
The software can alert you and/or a health professional to potentially worrisome findings. You can contact a health care professional to discuss your concerns virtually via videoconferencing in just a few minutes.
Medical databases also offer valuable components such as the ability to connect experts, physicians and patients around the world to facilitate the exchange of information, and ultimately advance the understanding of diseases to improve patient outcomes.
The good news is that these types of solutions in different components are available now in the marketplace. This is truly democratizing health care by putting the control of one’s health back into the hands of the patient, you.
Welcome to your wellness file. Our team at Executive Health Centre, together with Innovation Health Group will be launching this technology along with products and services this Fall.