Future health technology could empower patients to take responsibility for their health and allow both doctors and caregivers to intervene almost immediately by means of individual wearable devices that monitor and transmit health information in real time
The explosion in digital healthcare innovation will, within the next few years, reduce doctors' workloads and overall healthcare costs, speed up diagnoses and completely reinvent the way medicine is practiced, saving billions.
Future health technology could empower patients to take responsibility for their health and allow both doctors and caregivers to intervene almost immediately by means of individual wearable devices that monitor and transmit health information in real time.
Bringing patients and healthcare providers together through technology
At Discovery Health, as an administrator of medical schemes, we aim to continuously improve the Discovery app's functions to allow medical scheme members to get the most out of their health plan at their convenience.
In addition to tracking benefits, submitting claims and finding a healthcare provider, in the year ahead we will give medical scheme members the opportunity to connect with their doctors when they need it most, as well as rate their service providers.
In the meanwhile, our HealthID app is used by 1.3 million medical scheme members and 3 000 healthcare providers, improving the quality of healthcare you receive. We are also working with healthcare professional associations to report on hospitalisation, including information like death rates, hospital-acquired infections and re-admissions. The aim is to improve the feedback process, helping you to make better informed choices.
We believe in the benefits of empowering medical scheme members and the healthcare industry with relevant information. When people understand their condition better and know more about the best available treatment plans, they tend to make better choices.
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In the last in a series of pieces exploring the SA healthcare industry, Discovery Health CEO Dr Johnathan Broomberg explores the fragmented structure of private healthcare as a major underlying reason for inefficiency and overuse of healthcare systems. (Published: Sunday Times, 26 November 2017)