People perceive their health condition to be good or normal, unless there is an episode of care or they have a chronic ailment. In a literal and in perceived sense, a normal person is one who is physically and mentally healthy.
However, a recent study published by Royal Philips (Future Health Index)1 highlights the fact that there is a huge gap between how patients perceive health versus how doctors or physicians view them. Per this report, when quizzed, 84% of respondents felt they were in good health-condition, whereas only 53% of medical professionals felt that the general public was in good health.
This chasm of healthiness index can potentially lead to irreparable bodily harm, comorbidities and in extreme cases, loss of life. While this is a gargantuan issue, our healthcare industry is grappling with issues of rising costs and trying to find effective means to honour the promise of CARE, one that is evidence based and patient centric. Connected Healthcare seems to bring a solution to both these problems, and what’s better, it looks simple!