Theme 1: A holistic view of health.
We should be looking at the whole person, not just their disease(s) and conditions. According to WebMD, “Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person – physically, mentally, and socially – in the search for optimal health and wellness.”
Holistic medicine provides a broader perspective on health and well-being based on the following principles:
People have healing powers of their own. Simple Habit, for example, is a company that unlocks the power of daily meditation for busy people.
Patient and doctor work on healing as a team, looking at all aspects of a person’s life using a variety of healthcare practices. Like Oak Street, they team up with their patients and through their innovative care more, showing how mental health is integrated with primary care. Another example is Dignity Health, who believes in caring for the person instead of just treating the disease through holistic care.
Treatment is not just soothing the symptoms. It should be about fixing the cause of the condition.
Theme 2: You are in charge.
Besides being taken care of, we need to take care of ourselves. In other words: people should be in charge of their own health and well-being. To do so, you first have to be aware of your lifestyle. There are many ways to find health and happiness in our lives ourselves, by having the tools and skills needed to thrive in an uncertain and troubled world.
When you are in charge, you can decide for yourself which treatment – if any – fits your needs. To make this decision, you need to be well informed by your doctor, insurance and/or social circle to make a good judgement call. For example, in the Netherlands, patients can choose a health care provider and read experiences of other people on a national map. And many countries have the ‘Ask 3 Questions’ to improve patient-doctor communication. This results in getting the treatment that best fits your life and needs.
In the end, it comes down to this: more people truly taking
charge of their health and well-being results in a healthier overall population. In the long-term, less people are affected by disease.
Theme 3: Quantified Self.
In order to ‘be in charge’, self-knowledge and health awareness are needed. This is where the Quantified Self (QS) comes in as an important theme within the future healthcare system. Quantified Self is about gaining self-knowledge by measuring ourselves.
Measuring ourselves might sound like stepping on a scale and wrapping tapeline around your waist, but those days are over. Today, lifestyle apps and engagement programs, like Fitbit Health Solutions and 23 and Me, support people to measure themselves, define their health goals and actively work on achieving them.
There is no lack of devices and services that help with tracking physical activity, caloric intake, sleep quality, posture
, and other factors involved in personal well-being. The important thing here is to make sure that people can use them easily to improve their health and well-being.