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The Insider’s Guide to Healthy Hawaii: Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Vision for Healthcare

The Insider’s Guide to Healthy Hawaii: Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Vision for Healthcare

CNN’s award winning medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, MD visited Hawaii, taking time to address community doctors and leaders about the future of healthcare. He pointed out that healthcare is hard to predict since “it changes daily, sometimes with a tweet.”

The doctor shared his vision of what a perfect healthcare system would look like. He described a system where patients take control of their own health, where doctors practice more disease prevention and less disease treatment and where people’s “light” grows brighter, not dimmer, as they age.

Technology, which has become a part of our daily lives, will play a big role in the future of healthcare. He used Sharecare (available for iOS and Android) as an example. This digital health and well-being platform gives consumers a personal, convenient way to manage their health. The app can learn your exercise habits, sense your mood and even help you improve personal relationships.

Dr. Gupta also talked about the future of health records, where virtual reality images will replace hard-to-understand medical charts. With Sharecare, doctors will be able to take you on a 3D journey through your organs and tissues, pointing out areas of concern and areas that need operation or healing. Such technology would open up a new type of dialogue between doctors, patients and their loved ones.

Although the future is hard to predict, Dr. Gupta is certain that everyone, regardless of who they are or where they’re from, thinks about their health in some form or another. Today, we’re beginning to see people “optimize” their health the same way they optimize their technology for top performance. People don’t want to grow old in a hospital. They want to enjoy the finer things in life as they age. Dr. Gupta is very optimistic for the future. “Wherever you are on your healthcare journey," he says, "You can always be better tomorrow.”

For more information about how you can take charge of your well-being with Sharecare, visit hmsa.sharecare.com.

This content originally appeared on Well-Being Hawaii.

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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