Researchers’ Visions Mismatched with Current Healthcare Reforms

To some researchers and doctors, the new healthcare system being implemented is, they say, a hurdle to scientific discoveries they are making.  Pioneers in personalized medicine recently discussed these issues at the annual Ohio State University Medical Center Personalized Health Care National Conference. They described many pending advances in bioscience, medicine and information technology that can transform the way that medicine is practiced today.They noted, however, that these new technologies will require a new way of looking at our healthcare system.  As Dr. Ralph Snyderman, director of the Duke Center for Research on Prospective Health Care noted, “Instead of asking patients what their chief complaint is when they come in for an appointment, we need to focus on assessing their current health status, their risk assessment and what we can do to track either wellness or disease prevention.”This approach to personalized medicine is not, however, within the framework of the current healthcare reforms, causing researchers and doctors to fret about the conflict between their vision and the current healthcare reality.  Clay March, M.D, executive director of OSU’s Center for Personalized Health Care explained, “We can improve health outcomes significantly if consumers are engaged and take a more active role in their health care.”

Janice Marks

Janice Marks – A retired nurse and home health care professional, Janice has written prolifically about the American health care system. As a writer for Left Justified focused on the current changes in the health care community, she weaves her professional background and expertise into her evaluation of the current health care issues facing the American government and people. Contact Janice at janicemarks(at)leftjustified.com.

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