The average person when asked where they see the health care industry going over the next 10 years will respond with fun ideas about miracle cures for cancer and other incredible drugs. However, if you get a chance to ask some of the leading healthcare executives in the U.S you will hear a mix of things, some indeed regarding miraculous sounding drugs, but also a great deal about improvements to healthcare as a system at large. In this article we’ll talk about a bit of both of these improvements:
Oral non chemo-therapy cancer drugs – According to Forbes magazine, a pharmaceutical company by the name of Abbvie is set to release a non-radiation therapy cancer drug that can be taken orally. The drug, “Venetoclax” will be designed to treat Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and has shown to have an 80% effectiveness rate in patients whose leukemia resisted chemotherapy. As the cancer treatment industry currently remains narrow with regards to the scope of its medication the drug would mark a promising step towards a new wave of treatments that cancer victims have been waiting far too long for.
Faster Answers – The quality and speed with which patients receive care has long been worsening and is in need of a massive repair. According to Douglas Wood, the medical director at the Mayo Clinic’s innovation center, the long delays and lack of customer service will soon become a thing of the past. With the development of fast and easy to use Internet technology, patients will be able to see multiple physicians of different specialties within the same day rather than waiting weeks between visits.
Healthcare that is mobile – The way of the future is at home care. Douglas Wood further speculates that within 10 years, a significant portion of care will be distributed on-site. For example, Wood envisions corporate environment receiving group care at the office in the case that there is a health risk at the office. Imagine a physician, multiple assistants and even a nurse together being sent to a particular location on demand. Wood says that is to be expected.
Unfication of services – Whether it’s dental insurance, health insurance, life insurance, or emergency medical bills, the world of healthcare anticipates that all of these will soon fall under the same umbrella. Billions of dollars are wasted each year by tax-paying citizens and health care providers alike due to the inefficiencies that compartmentalized health-related services cause. While we may need to wait five to 10 years for both the dentist and the physician to be on the same phone line and service bill, you can still get a head start by selecting a health insurance plan that includes the best dental insurance. This will save you both money and time when paying bills.
Cost efficiency – The mayo clinic center for innovation also emphasized that these new forms of care, especially at home care, will be far less costly than the standard hospital or centralized system. This is because traveling onsite saves space, resources, and time for everyone involved. Not to mention, an improved capacity to respond to emergency by way of technology will also cut down on the costs of excessive responses from hospital emergency services.