Healthcare Becoming More Predictive Than Reactive, Healthcare

1179 Words Sep 29th, 2016 5 Pages
With healthcare becoming more predictive than reactive, healthcare providers have to take a holistic approach to new solutions and decide which options best fit their needs. As for Thomson Medical Centre, the 190-bed hospital is currently facing severe bed shortages and doctor crunch as fewer medical professionals are willing to take up positions in the hospital. This report discusses two prominent trends emerging in the medical industry that could have considerable impacts on the Thomson group and its patients— consumers’ increased individual responsibility towards their health, and the rise in adoption of telehealth technologies.

Consumers today are becoming more pro-active are assuming greater responsibility for the management of their own health. This trend is evident in the rise of “quantified self-tracking” – the regular collection of any data that can be measured about the self. Interest groups have formed amongst self-trackers, for instance the Quantified Self group in San Francisco and the HomeCamp group in London, where self-trackers share their tracking experiences and data (Swan, 2009, pg.509). According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), 30 percent of patients are already using computers or mobile devices to check for medical information (2015, pg.1). The growing active participation of patients is also demonstrated in the usage of online tools to track data. Catering to the uptick demand, health social networks such as PatientsLikeMe and CureTogether…
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