These days, I often find myself thinking about the tragic impacts of poor access to health care. I find my mind wandering between four obstacles to good care: geographic, specializations, economic, and frequency.
This pandemic has taught us many things. One lesson that keeps coming back to my mind is how critical it is that we, the consumers of healthcare, find a way to manage our own care. In the coming years, our current heath system will go through major upheavals, trying to set a new course where there is more focus on keeping us healthy than on treating our illnesses.
One of the goals of the Ibis Program is to foster communities that support World Health Organization's (WHO) definition of healthy aging: “the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age”.
There is an awful lot of talk these days about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going to transform healthcare. I happen to agree. In time, AI will automate many routine tasks that physicians do today. The extra capacity created will be helpful in mitigating the physician shortage strains that the US faces. There is also the promise that physicians will be able to spend more time doing what they enjoy most - problem solving, not record keeping.