It’s no secret that the American healthcare system is a flawed and expensive institution. In 2014, following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, 33 million people remained uninsured (Smith and Medalia, 2015). That same year, the United States spent a total of 3 trillion dollars on healthcare and two years later, the state of healthcare still remained critical (Health Expenditures, 2016).
More than 30 years after being an identifiable and reportable illness, Lyme disease continues to be a hotly debated issue inside and outside of the medical community. There is a wide spectrum of opinions when it comes to how the disease manifests itself and how frequently the medical community believes the disease should be diagnosed. Are the current tests accurate or inaccurate, how long should treatments last and what should those treatments look like? Can this disease become chronic?
The CDC is one of the most respected sources on disease information in the United States. However, when it comes to Lyme disease, they have a history of not reporting all of the facts. With such a powerhouse source relaying so much misinformation, confusion surrounding this debilitating disease remains one of the primary reasons it goes so under and misdiagnosed, as well as untreated.
America is in the midst of an epidemic, and it’s killing the country.
The epidemic is called overspending on healthcare.
As the measles virus makes its way back from the brink of extinction, the public sphere has been flooded by heated arguments for both sides of the vaccination debate. For what seems to be the majority of Americans, this is a battle between science and irrationality. Yet amid the media hype and angry rhetoric an interesting theme has emerged in the outbreak’s narrative. In defending themselves through interviews, discussion forums, and even the mouthpiece of political candidates, many parents claimed that trust was at the heart of their decision not to vaccinate. How could they trust that the government, the CDC, or even their family doctor know what is best for their child?
Using a scale based on average annual base salary, career opportunities rating and number of job openings, career website Glassdoor just released its list of the best jobs in America. And, little surprise, of the 25 they list, a number of them are in the world of healthcare.
But what is surprising is just what positions they list in the field. Physicians don’t make the list at all, for example. Neither do many of the other “top expert” jobs, such as surgeon, that get a lot of the recognition in America.
Because we work with a community of patients who are having trouble with the way some of our healthcare is structured in the United States, we tend to run into many patients who have expressed a lot of frustration with America’s healthcare system.
After seeing so many examples, we decided to do some research: were the people who use CrowdMed exceptions to the rule? Or was there something worse, something more prevalent, happening?
1. Crowdsourcing can help solve even the most difficult medical cases.
Not even the famous (and fictional) Dr. House M.D. can know everything about every one of the more than 13,000 known medical conditions, diseases and disorders. At the same time, public web forums can turn even the most rational person into a total hypochondriac. So, where can you turn for help, if the internet is driving you crazy and your doctor has no answer? Crowdsourcing. Continue reading Top 5 Ways Crowdsourcing Can Improve Health and Medical Diagnosis
Doctor-to-be Neil Dubey ponders healthcare innovation, internet-empowered patients, and what it all means for the future of medicine.
As long as the Internet exists, patients will utilize it. Doctors have a unique opportunity to embrace and help shape the future of health, while engaging with patients who now have access to a world of open information and diverse input. Continue reading Diagnosing Medical Cases Online: Threat to Traditional Medicine?
Healthcare is costly, but it’s no easy task trying to reduce costs without compromising care. One answer might be found in the wisdom of the crowd, or in crowdsourced medical diagnosis which is already helping doctors, patients and healthcare providers more quickly identify many conditions that would otherwise take months or years to figure out. Continue reading Using Crowd Wisdom to Significantly Cut Healthcare Costs