Patient accountability is very low in America and our current healthcare system does nothing to change this. With traditional medicine, patients have no one holding them accountable for their own health. Blockchain medicine can provide a whole new way to monitor health and encourage patient accountability.
Let’s face it. Healthcare in America is not that great. Patient health is declining while the cost of healthcare is increasing. What can we do? The problem lies not only within the healthcare industry itself but also the way patients take care of their bodies. Patient accountability is very low in America and our current healthcare system does nothing to change this. With traditional medicine, patients have no one holding them accountable for their own health. Blockchain medicine can provide a whole new way to monitor health and encourage patient accountability.
How can patients increase their accountability? There are many ways a patient can hold themselves accountable for their own health. Fitness trackers are a great way to be accountable for health; they can remind you to move, keep track of your steps, and even track heart rate. Just knowing this information can encourage a patient to increase movement and exercise more.
Keeping track of water intake and maintaining a balanced diet also increases patients’ accountability. Eliminating activities that are harmful for patients and, quitting smoking, drugs, or alcohol can also improve health. Patients will finally be in control of their own health when they make improvements to their daily routines.
However, if patients have the ability to be in control of their own health, why aren’t they? That is the real question. The truth is that its not easy. Not everyone can afford fitness trackers. Gym memberships are expensive and so is the cost of living. With careers, families, and friends, there are some individuals who do not have the time nor the means to look out for their own health. They do not stop to consider their health until they are forced to. Many people deal with their health only when it is a problem rather than taking preventative measures.
Not everyone can see the full benefits of drinking more water or getting more exercise, especially when there is nothing holding them accountable. Imagine if there were a way to connect a fitness tracker to a patient’s medical records or an easy way to access blood test results to compare improvements. Imagine there exists a way to record how many days you have been smoke or alcohol free with someone holding you accountable. Now imagine if there were not only benefits to a patient’s health, but also monetary benefits and healthcare benefits to these improvements.
Blockchain medicine has the potential to drastically change patient accountability in America. Through a blockchain system, patients would have the ability to connect their fitness trackers to their medical records. Doctors and healthcare systems may even start providing these fitness trackers to patients to monitor their health. A patient could not only tell the doctor they have been moving more, they could prove it. Through apps and other monitoring systems, patients can keep track of their water intake and their eating and allow a doctor to view this without making a trip to the doctor’s office.
Recovering addicts could also keep track of their smoking, drinking, and drug use. Systems would be able to monitor their progress and encourage their recovery, and their doctors could then get this information and get them further help if needed. Patients could be held accountable by random drug and alcohol testing, which would greatly improve their chance of recovering from an addiction.
In addition to different rewards and benefits that could be offered, patient accountability could also reduce the overall cost of healthcare. When patients are accountable for their own health, they do not need as much healthcare. There is also less of chance they will develop a serious illness later in life that requires high medical bills. This will decrease their overall cost on healthcare.
Patient accountability is a problem in America; however, it can be greatly improved upon by blockchain medicine. It provides patients with needed encouragement and accountability, whether it’s through real time data, monetary rewards, or better and cheaper healthcare. Through this system, we can decrease the amount of preventable illnesses in America. Poor health can be stopped before it starts when people become more accountable to their own health.
At Hayver we are patiently engaged about improving patients’ accountability through blockchain medicine. Contact us for more details at info(at)hayver.com