HiGS FOR CONCIERGE MEDICINE: Authenticated Personalized Health Data

Healthcare in America is in a state of flux. HiGS technology has solutions that work, especially for consumers. 

The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA) known as “ObamaCare” has made healthcare and its insurance unaffordable for many citizens.  Insurance deductibles have become enormously high.  Even with its subsequent changes, cost will likely continue to rise. Healthcare access problems will continue to flourish.  This instability in healthcare delivery will drive the direction of the doctor-patient relationship in the near and distant future. 

President Trump is considering paying for Medicare patients to gain access to some Concierge Medicine fee-based practices to improve their care. [1] Inner Reach team members either use Concierge Care for themselves or are considering it.

Consumers want immediate access to a physician when they’re sick.  They want doctors who know them well and therefore can treat them with care and diligence.  Waiting for healthcare can cause big trouble and lost lives.  Concierge Medicine and Personalized Primary Care helps to meet this access need.  Older research informed that more affluent people could afford the Concierge Medical model yet the overall demand for this model is now growing and becoming more reasonable. 

Cited in an April 2019 AARP article titled “What to Know About Concierge Medicine” by Hallie Levin:

Nearly half of primary physicians today devote under 15 minutes to each patient visit, which the typical patient has about 1.6 times a year, while DPC physicians spend about 35 minutes on each visit, with patients averaging about four visits a year, a University of Wisconsin report found.

Similar to today’s concierge medicine, Direct Primary Care (DPC) is something that seems to belong to the past, where physicians abandon reliance on insurance in favor of a direct payment agreement with them.  Satisfaction and the personalized care that concierge medicine offers seem to matter to consumers as much as their care outcomes. Concierge medicine affords more time and more quality time for the doctor - patient partnership. 

Daniel Carlin, MD, CEO of WorldClinic said in an interview, “In the short term, I think there will be a continued degradation of basic primary care and a worsening of the quality of medical care available to most people. This represents a significant opportunity for the field of concierge medicine, which will no doubt thrive as a result.”[2] 

Concierge Medicine enables faster access to doctors.  HiGS will be a key tool for the emerging Concierge Practice.  With HiGS, physicians, pharmacists and their teams can swiftly monitor patients’ stories to improve results while lessening costs.   

Facilitating primary prevention through self-care know-how, HiGS helps doctors and other healthcare professionals capture baselines and risks for comprehensive data to sharpen care outcomes for those they serve – the consumer. Meanwhile, with HiGS usage, consumers gain more personalized information about themselves while understanding how to tackle primary prevention and self-care strategies to preserve health, reverse disease, and prevent disease and its progression.

1)  The Trump administration could make fee-based doctors more affordable for seniors.  Concierge Medicine Today July 4, 2018 
2) Global Healing. Interview of Daniel Carlin, MD,, by Russ Alan Prince on July 6, 2011. Private Wealth, Charter Financial Publishing Network Inc. Accessed at http://www.fa-mag.com/news/global-healing-7704.html

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Personalized  Health Data for Community Health

Large and small Clinics are starting to adopt Concierge style services.  On a larger scale, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and MDVIP each has substantial concierge medicine groups. Overtime, we may see Clinics that offer concierge type services spring up in communities all over the nation. Clinics basically serve a community’s health in which they are located.

Community Health refers to the health status of people within a population. It’s technically public health services in neighborhoods.  Clinics in neighborhood areas take actions that protect and improve the health of the community. Emergency rooms costs are getting out of hand.  Because consumers’ deductibles are so high, consumers are searching for innovative ways to get good care while saving money. Community clinics can help.

An Inner Reach team member recently had a minor surgical procedure that would have cost about $2,500 as an outpatient in a hospital.  Instead he chose a skilled physician/surgeon who pays attention to trends and costs for patients who performed the procedure for $350 in his office surgical treatment room.  

The Clinics with concierge types of approaches tend to lean toward preventive care services.  They enable quicker access to care with shorter wait times and less gate-keeping.  For such clinic team approaches, HiGS starts the point of care with its binary easy-to-take protocols for simple intake information.  Based upon HiGS baselines and risk results, the clinic care team can then assess next steps for the customer and provide follow-up recommendations for both care and for taking additional HiGS protocols.

One dynamic for consideration is when clinics have customers use HiGS Signs & Symptoms Tracker and the Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) HRA to establish initial intake baselines, the team has a useful starting point of knowledge about the customer for providing simple care and for strategizing next steps.

MetS mandatory screening is widely used in Japan in every workplace as a pivotal point for establishing health fitness levels, care strategies and next steps to increase the likelihood of employee wellness and disease prevention.  For instance, if the MetS results are nominal, then tutorial information might be provided.  If the results are severe, hierarchical referrals for tests or doctors may be in order for the specific issues captured such as hypertension, enlarged waist measurement, obesity, high cholesterol, and a predisposition to type II diabetes and or heart disease.

The HiGS Health Biography ties all of the HIGS components together to paint a picture of the total person, their issues, their concerns, and their level of health and risk. With HiGS, the clinic care team and the customer have all the gathered information right at their fingertips to learn and to facilitate care needs and next steps.

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