Americans pay 3-4 times the price for healthcare that folks in other developed countries pay to receive equivalent or better care. A crop of self-managed tools for health is coming to market to fill in the gaps for Americans by providing better health tracking information, as well as a community, or a “social layer,” around both professional and self-care. These tools will allow users to find relevant care information 24/7 and will allow medical experts to provide better care.
At this year’s Health 2.0 conference, many of these tools were demonstrated as scalable and inexpensive web and mobile applications. One such example is MedHelp. In this interview, CTO Khaled Hassounah speaks about how MedHelp “ties the trinity” of quantifying tools, social layers and medical experts to provide a platform that completes the circle on health and wellness. Over two million users of MedHelp are finding tools and a community to help them lose weight, maintain healthy pregnancies, manage moods, manage chemotherapy or manage HIV medication, just to name a few. Doctors are also tied in to the MedHelp community as Health Experts to provide health tips and host health chats. Ready or not, the socialization of healthcare is coming, online.
View the interview below….
Connie Kwan is the CEO of RealMealz. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School, and covers stories about triple bottom line businesses and projects. Follow her on Twitter @ConnieMKwan.