Taking Charge of Your Own Health

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Well I would say we really do believe that you should be in large part in charge of your own health but we're in a different era now than we were in the 50s and 60s where most of your health care encounters were because you felt sick. I do think that healthcare providers are mostly quite sad and happy with the current structure and they're in charge, so why would they want to change and they also have, which is important to mention because I don't ever want to make them out to be greedy and mean and filthy they are just human being, but there is this idea that we are deliberately conservative because we don't want to harm patients.

[MUSIC]We have this vision that you should be able to A, care for yourself and B, engage with a healthcare provider when it's needed. Right now the default is to always and most cases passively, ask your doctor, I don't know I see patients and I can't tell how many I'm seeing. I don't know you are the doctor.

Connected health has really taken an amazing leap forward in the last couple of years because of the promise that reimbursement is being re-architecture. We didn't lobby for that or invent it but it happened. Some of the medicine tends to invoke images of video conferencing. It 's really of course much broader than that when you're talking to folks who aren't in the industry, we find that it's a limiting term, so we took on the term connected health in the middle part of the last decade to try to invoke an image of using communication and monitoring technologies to archive a much broader, pallet of services including health and prevention, including, was a pre-runner really of mobile health.

So yes, I think that's the future of healthcare delivery but not because of the smartphone per se, but because of the capacity for doing those things and it's just a whole new lane. I would say it's ethically inappropriate for us as healthcare providers to ignore this whole new set of data to just sort of be arrogant and say it doesn't exist and I know I only want to see data when the patient's infront of me.

So design is fundamental to the next generation of healthcare delivery software apps and so forth it's critical, we're really getting to the point where you'll be able to know your risk very early in life and can really start to build a program just for you. That's a really powerful, piece of the future and it's a near term future.