For decades, we’ve relied on the same payment and delivery models. And have experienced the same failed outcomes and out-of-control costs. Healthcare technology has not mirrored the meteoric rise in advancements that other industries, like communication, have seen. Until now.
Benefit Strategy Design: Solving An Impossible Task
Consistently rising costs in healthcare make crafting a benefit strategy a yearly challenge for employers. On average, large organizations can expect to spend 15% more on their benefits plan each year. What if employers have been asking the wrong questions? And what if it is possible to spend less by spending more?
Major mergers between companies like CVS and Aetna demonstrate new payer-provider solutions. On- and near-site clinics are disrupting the way we’ve traditionally delivered care. And every day we see new leaps forward in the equipment providers and patients are using to connect.
Tech Paves the Way for Better Primary Care
Significant advances in imaging technology, communication, and data management showcase tech’s ability to improve primary care. “Over the next 10 years, healthcare workflows will become mostly digitized, with wide swaths of personal data captured and computer vision, along with artificial intelligence, automating the analysis of that data for precision care,” cites Techcrunch.
Simpler technology that’s easier to use will increase access for many patients. This is especially true for those in rural areas who don’t typically have access to more advanced imaging machines. Advancements in telehealth services are also improving access for patients and their providers.
And just on the horizon are even more opportunities for tech to lead to faster diagnosis, better care coordination, improved overall outcomes, and reduced costs.
What Tech Can’t Replace
But better tech can’t replace everything. The most powerful way to connect with a patient is with a face-to-face visit. In-person visits allow providers and other medical staff, like health coaches, to form meaningful and trusted connections with their patients.
Better relationships lead to better outcomes. When patients feel their needs are understood and valued, they’re more likely to work with providers and take ownership of their health. Technology can aid in this connection, by pairing services like telehealth with an in-person primary care provider, but it cannot replace the power of direct connections.
An on-site clinic combines the power of innovation with healthcare to offer patients a combination of care unlike any other. An on-site clinic offers highly accessible, quality primary care, along with telehealth services. Patients get a unified source of care that’s always available and personalized to their individual needs.