Global Healthcare Reform: The future of care

A recent study has found people being optimistic about advancing care though technology innovations, willing to participate in virtual visits and using sensors in their bodies and surprisingly, in their toilets as reform

Participants from eight countries were counting on technological innovations to cure fatal diseases – more than having additional physicians and research. The online survey had participants from Brazil, India, Indonesia, China, France, Italy, Japan and the United States with a sample size of 12,000 adults, aged 18 and above.

“This survey indicates very high willingness of people to become part of the solution to the world’s healthcare problems with the aid of all sorts of technologies,” Eric Dishman, Intel fellow and general manager of the company’s Health and Life Sciences Group, said in a news release. “Most people appear to embrace a future of healthcare that allows them to get care outside hospital walls, lets them anonymously share their information for better outcomes, and personalizes care all the way down to an individual’s specific genetic makeup.”

The research finds that people want personalized care based on their behaviors and biological characteristics in a setting of their choice.

Key findings include:

Improving personal care

  • More than 70% people are willing to use toilet sensors, prescription bottle sensors or swallowed monitors.
  • 66% respondents would prefer genetic profiles based personalized healthcare regiments.
  • 53% people would more likely trust a personally administered test than a physician.
  • 30% respondents would trust themselves to do their own ultrasound.

The results are surprising and reflect a monumental shift in patient preferences from traditional medicine to self care. It is amazing to see people trusting technology more than physicians and are inclined in taking control of their health.

Sharing personal health records

  • More people are willing to anonymously share their health records.
  • 76% respondents agreed to share their clinical information anonymously in order to help research.
  • Amongst the people most willing to share health information, respondents from India were more in number.

These findings mean people are trusting healthcare technology and are willing to help healthcare research. Countries with poor health facilities are preferring technology more for healthcare.

Increased in-home healthcare

  • 50% respondents would trust a video conference diagnosis with their physicians.
  • 72% people prefer to connect online with their physicians.
  • 43% people would trust themselves to take their vitals.
  • 57% respondents said hospitals would become obsolete in the future.

The findings mean that high-performance computing and big data analytics have the power to transform care as we see it now. People prefer taking control of their health. They want care to be delivered in their homes and not in a hospital or clinic.