The 2014 Health Accord Vision: A systematic transformational Health Care approach to becoming more sustainable, in the shift from an acute-care model to a chronic-care model and a broadening of scope to health in general including prevention and socio-economic factors that lead to health issues. (Special to the Globe and Mail, December 1, 2011)
That innovation is key to long-term sustainability of health care is generally agreed. And what needs fixing is known. This is particularly true for chronic care and prevention as representative of a most disturbing progressing health care downfall scenario.
But how to make it happen on the ground is a major struggle and choke point moving ahead. Community-level health care, and all that implies, is decidedly a most important focus if we are indeed to see substantive movement from an integrated institutionalized system to a dispersed connected community delivery.
But what to do then? Here’s food-for-thought, and, a readily available solution……
“Take two apps and call me in the morning”, aptly put by UBC’s eHealth Strategy Office http://ehealth.med.ubc.ca/, is a ground zero innovation opening to heighten outcomes. Apps place everyone in the loop. Apps are ubiquitous today, and our eHealth variety need a more unique name, but nonetheless here rests in part the solution to a person/patient-centric, millennial community health care.
Engagement with patients and participants in chronic care, prevention and wellness issues is the new viewpoint. And on the ground or in communities, care and services delivery focuses on needs and best practices for individuals. Communities are most importantly the intersection of clinical care and the social determinants.
An eHealth Apps Store enterprise or eHealth (Community) Engagement enterprise storefront will create and deliver a real-time need and availability provision for practitioners, caregivers, professionals, clinics, researchers, facilitators, volunteers, trainers, service providers, health officials, social services, patients and individuals. Everyone in the loop! Particularly as leveraged by social media.
The consequences of not acting are both economically and socially staggering. Let’s get on building with innovation.