By James McDonough, a dad, explorer and entrepreneur who is expanding human health potential at EDISON BIO.
For most people, including busy entrepreneurs, the concept of “taking care of your body” has usually meant visiting a doctor once a year and going over some routine lab results. However, advancements in medical technology are rapidly and drastically changing the healthcare landscape to go well beyond this elementary approach.
Today, settling for a quick five-minute annual with a physician is no longer the only option. Genomics, cancer blood tests, MRIs, sleep analysis and many other innovations now allow patients to gain the most comprehensive picture of their health ever available. As a result, these advancements in technology are revolutionizing the healthcare system to become more proactive, personalized and convenient than ever before.
Traditional healthcare systems are often criticized for their reactionary approach to medicine; health issues are addressed only once they’ve developed enough to become problematic.
But the development and increased accessibility of medical technology give patients the chance to treat diseases at their onset, giving them a higher chance of successful recovery.
For example, some healthcare innovators have begun offering full-body MRI scans as part of their executive health exams — exams designed for high-achievers such as entrepreneurs, CEOs and senior executives. These safe and painless procedures can detect multiple abnormalities before the onset of symptoms occurs, including brain tumors, spinal deterioration, pulmonary lesions, heart disease and more. Similarly, new cancer blood tests can test a patient’s blood sample for over fifty different kinds of cancer in their body at once. With these technologies, patients can be more confident that diseases aren’t growing in their bodies undetected.
It’s not new knowledge in the healthcare community that treating diseases earlier is better. However, with the advancements in medical technology in the last few years, it is now more possible than ever to invest in proactive care that empowers patients to do just that.
Because advancements in medical technology allow for more testing opportunities, healthcare companies can now capture billions of data points for an individual patient and use them to provide more personalized care.
For example, quantitative data from biomarker and genomic testing can be aggregated and analyzed to uncover an extensive and comprehensive understanding of a patient’s health. And by looking at a patient’s entire health story and health history, providers are then able to provide more personalized care.
This incorporation of data collection into medicine underscores the shift toward a more holistic and individualized approach to healthcare. It is no longer one-size-fits-all when it comes to a patient’s wellness and health outcomes. Innovation in technology allows doctors to not only understand their patients more comprehensively than ever, but also to provide them with personalized care like never before.
As an entrepreneur, you know that time is money. And technology has allowed healthcare to become incredibly more convenient for those who need it most.
Long gone are the days of wasting time driving to and waiting around in a physician’s office. Instead, the innovation of telemedicine allows for patients to receive care through their phones or computers in real time.
Some advanced healthcare companies even offer to come to their patient’s home or office for any testing that needs to be completed — saving the patient time and hassle. Online portals also make the patient’s health data easily accessible, giving them the ability to share that data with specialists, trainers or even family members.
No longer is the healthcare landscape marked by wasted time and piles of paperwork. Telemedicine gives patients the ability to seek care on their own time and access their health information all in one place.
The Future Of Care
As advancements in technology continue to develop, so will the ways that we care for our bodies. Patients will continue to turn to companies whose incorporation of technological innovation into medicine allows patients to take control of their health like never before. Increasing longevity and improving performance has never been easier with a healthcare system that is changing to become more proactive, personalized and convenient for you.