My overarching goal for healthcare is to make preventive and hospital services affordable and accessible for everyone. (Oh yes — literally everyone.) I believe that, when this is accomplished, it will be built on and inextricable from a foundation of abundant and free client education.
It is the educated client's sense of confidence and efficacy that I find consistently improves their compliance with both clinical procedures and self-care regimens, and thus reduces suffering, disease, and costs.
In efforts to bring healthcare information to the public, and provide publicly accessible tools for people to manage their own healthcare, I'm working on a few ongoing side projects:
A focus group is underway to develop a simple short-term care regimen planner, based on the principles I applied in guiding regimen compliance as a medical massage therapist; this tool will later be expanded into a calendar-based paper healthcare management tool for patients and caregivers.
Wireframes and early structures are being developed for an app in a similar vein as the regimen planner, but considerably expanded, in order to give patients and caregivers the greatest possible sense of agency over their own healthcare experience.
Business plans for a freemium healthcare education/CEs platform are in development.
In the longer term, I intend to found a nonprofit that plants a chain of hospitals, which will be loosely based on Direct Primary Care models, while practicing income-based fee structures. I’ve been researching and developing business models for this for almost a decade, and will be refining the plan for at least a decade more, but this is the gist of it. These facilities will be effective at providing education, preventive care, and emergency care to the lowest-income tier of the communities they serve, will lower public health costs in those communities, and will also be remunerative so as to fund internal reinvestment in clinical/social research.
It most definitely can be done.
But fundamentally, it all comes down to having an educated, proactive, motivated patient population.
It’ll take a lot of work from many different sectors, but I think this overall matrix for addressing healthcare education will result in significant improvements in the efficacy of clinical practices (both in treatment and in prophylaxis), general advancement in public health, and general reduction of healthcare costs.
As one awesome example of how the healthcare sector is already moving in these contextualized and nuanced directions, check out HealthBegins. They help organizations and care providers identify and address social determinants of health (with patient education being one of many examples of SDOHs). HealthBegins publishes an awesome amount of free resources, and a lot of my conceptual tools, and inspirations for my research, are derived directly from their webinars and other material. Understanding their general direction is a good way to get a picture of the industry values with which I’m most aligned.
I look forward to continuing to make contacts throughout the healthcare and social outreach communities, and refining and proving exciting outreach models and clinical models, to help contribute to these kinds of awesome changes!
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