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 several 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.
A few side inventions for clinical tools/devices are in gradual research and design stages.
Business plans are also in early stages of development for longer-term launches, including healthcare practitioner research networks, and possibly small clinical practices.
Ultimately, I intend to found a nonprofit that plants a chain of hospitals, which will be loosely based on Direct Primary Care models, but practicing sliding-scale fee structures. These will be both effective at providing healthcare to the lowest-income tier of the public, and also remunerative at the same time, so as to fund internal reinvestment in clinical research.
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 increase in public health, and general reduction of healthcare costs. I look forward to proving the model!
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