The following is the first of a series of guest blogs from Senscio’s trusted advisors and thought leaders in the field of healthcare. We hope you find these articles stimulating.
By Soeren Mattke, Managing Director of RAND Health Advisory Services
As our population continues to live longer, it is no surprise that the challenge for providing effective and value-based healthcare is increasing. An older population, which is more susceptible to chronic diseases and general frailty, requires a different paradigm of healthcare than our current system had been optimized for. Traditional paradigms for medical treatment are focused on specific illnesses, with well-established protocols to address symptoms. These clinical guidelines, “if x then y”, are linear, developed by specialists who optimize for one disease, but generally do not consider the totality of a person’s condition. Optimizing for one disease often exacerbates issues with another. With an older population, we need to look at multiple diseases and comorbidity in a new way, customized for each person’s condition.