Approaches to Healthcare Delivery
APPROACHES TO HEALTHCARE DELIVERY 6
Approachesto Healthcare Delivery
Approachesto Healthcare Delivery
Thisessay outlines the emerging method of medical diagnosis. Thepresenter, Dr. Bertalan Mesko, uses his personal experience indiagnosing patients’ issues to support his hypothesis on usingsocial media to ‘cloud source’ medical information. Mesko claimsthat he developed the idea of gathering medical data from his firstdays at the medical campus. He classifies himself as a geek becausehe can gather vast information using from internet sources. Thespeaker is a medical geneticists and he addressing medical studentson the significance of using the internet to gather information inthe field of their interest. The speaker explains how he has achievedsuccess in the medical field through using the information from hisnumerous followers in diagnosing complex conditions that he cannotclassify the problem on his own.
Thepresentation in the video represents the twenty-first century youthculture. This can be proven by the fact that the presenter is acomputer genius, as well as he is well updated with using socialmedia, blogs and other internet sources with relevant knowledge tothe medical profession. The speaker notes that he was inspired tobegin gathering medical data from the online platform. Dr. Meskoemphasizes that the medicine practice should occur in real life sincethe healthcare professionals should be in a position to touch, see,smell, and interact with their patients in person. He notes that itis unfortunate that many medical professionals fail to heed on theadvice of maintaining close contact with their patients.Unfortunately, Mesko claims that many doctors have not been puttingthe essential effort they require to understand their patientsbetter. As a result, the speaker proposes that medical professionalsshould embrace “the medical social network” that enables patientsand physicians to learn from an infinite database of professionals.The skills the patients and the professionals acquire from the socialnetwork significantly improve their personal interactions withpatients or vice versa (Sullivan, 1998).
Themain benefit of patients integrating cultural sensitivity in theeducation of the healthcare experts is the fact that the experienceimproves their capability to interact with medical experts easily.Mesko emphasizes that patients and physicians should have interactfreely in the social media that would in turn let them draw vastinformation from a single source. Nevertheless, the speaker stresseson the importance of medical facilities as they allow direct contactbetween patients and health care professionals (Buttaro, 2013). Thesocial media acts as a source of medical information gathered fromhealthcare professionals and patients from a diverse background whilethe healthcare professionals acts as the meeting rendezvous wheredoctors can touch, smell, and diagnose the real problem affectingpatients based on the “crowd sourced” information (Sullivan,1998).
Iam positive that the insurance services can cover the “crowdsourced”medical approach since the information acquired online is not thefinal medication that physicians are supposed to use. Instead,doctors use the online platform as a media for consulting otherprofessionals in the field. This in turn helps them to make highlyinformed diagnosis. However, insurance programs could be reluctant tocover the in-home services delivered by country doctors to personssuffering from chronic conditions because they might make a wrongdiagnosis. In addition, the professionals treat patients and leavethem with professional monitoring offered by nurses in healthcarecenter. In case complication arises from the treatment administered,the chance of the patients dying is higher than that of a patient inin-patient care facilities (Freshman et al., 2010).
DoctorMesko’s ideology of crowdsourcing in medicine is likely to causehigher competition in among doctors and health care facilitiesbecause patients would choose to seek treatment from doctors whoengage frequently in the social media. In addition, hospitals thatwould have an active social media influence will be in a betterposition to nurture a personal relationship with their patients. Thepersonalized relationship is critical as it enables the patients tohave a deeper understanding of the conditions they are suffering. Inaddition, patients with a history of suffering from a given diseasecan share helpful information that can help vulnerable individuals torefrain from predisposing factors. According to Mesko, the mainadvantage of crowdsourcing medical information is improving qualityof healthcare, as well as the speed of diagnosing rare diseases. Thisimplies that healthcare facilities with a big presence online wouldbe capable of providing patients with high quality healthcare servicethan their competitors, which will keep them coming back (Buttaro,2013).
Yes,I do agree that a combination of the two treatment approaches canhelp to improve healthcare services, especially among patientssuffering from chronic conditions. Physicians can accumulateknowledge about different diseases from people who have beensuffering from similar conditions to learn some basic tips they useto manage the disease at safe level. In addition, crowdsourced healthcare service allows patients and health care experts to developstrong professional relationship that encourages patients to be opento open with the doctors. On the other hand, the country doctors helpin ensuring chronic patients living in remote places where accessinghealthcare facilities is challenging can still access healthcareservices. For example, patients living in rural California depend onthe extension doctors who visit their homes to access primary care(Freshman et al., 2010).
Embracingthe cultural values, beliefs and the recommended care deliverystrategies within the healthcare facilities can help to improve thequality of medical care in the US than other countries since theapproach emphasizes on collective healthcare service. The socialmedia encourage patients and doctors to share the knowledge they haveabout a given disease. This in turn makes it possible for theprofessionals to develop higher quality treatment programs than incountries that do not have collaborative medical treatment approaches(Freshman et al., 2010).
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Freshman,B., Rubino, L., & Chassiakos, Y. R. (2010). Collaborationacross the disciplines in health care.Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.