Several gaps between health demand and offer for chronic patients
There is a large part of population affected by chronic diseases that require a steady monitoring and medical intervention over multiple aspects of its health.
However unfortunately, we still find a ‘siloed’ offering for health services today, and an integrated approach is missing. Adopting a single-factor approach is likely to be ineffective, with negative impacts on the patient’s finances and life.
Most of the patients are unaware of this, and juggle multiple physicians and health experts. Diabetic patients, for example, don’t have to rely only on drugs, but should also take care of adopting an appropriate lifestyle.
Patients have to self-organize their therapeutic path, interfacing from time to time with single professionals. They don’t have a guide who can help them along the overall care route, from therapy selection, to follow up and relapse prevention.
Consequently, most of them continue to be treated for years without any benefit.
Public health clinics are more oriented to manage acute conditions and don’t offer targeted therapies for them. Patients are thus forced to seek treatments in private facilities, which are expensive and often unaffordable.
Further, traditional therapies consist of regular appointments with health professionals, but an ongoing interactions/measurements in the time between two different appointments is missing. It would instead be essential to create patient engagement in order to maximize the treatments’ effects as well as to improve clinical adherence and patient empowerment.
As briefly described, patients struggle with their experience and, because of this, feel a sense of resignation. Most of them don’t hope to retrieve their original status anymore, but just to manage their condition as best as possible.
The Covid-19 pandemic has further highlighted these gaps, while people have also become more sensitive to protecting their health.
Within this context, health ecosystems tailored to the specific needs of a target of patients can be the trump card to improve the quality of life to millions of people.