These three healthcare trends might surprise you

At ModRN Health, we are carefully watching the trends in health care. We know you are, too! Whether you’re a healthcare consumer, business owner, caregiver, or all of the above, today’s healthcare environment is impacting your life. Managing expenses and getting better outcomes are top of mind.

If you feel like the changes in the healthcare marketplace are accelerating, you are right. But you might be surprised at just how much things are changing. Here are three trends that paint the picture.

1. Social media has changed the landscape in every area of our lives, including healthcare.

According to PwC’s Research Institute, 32% of people who use social media are posting about their own health experiences as well as those of their family and friends. People are consuming more and more health-related information online. Sometimes more information is a good thing, but that’s not always the case, especially with health topics. In addition to technology, people need the “human touch” of a qualified medical professional to sort through their own health information as well as make sense of what they’re reading online.

2. Prescription antibiotics are frequently over-prescribed because people don’t have access to the help and information they need.

The Centers for Disease Control has estimated that at least 30% of prescriptions for antibiotics are unnecessary. Busy patients and health providers frequently don’t have the time to fully discuss symptoms and options for common ailments such as colds and sore throat viruses for which antibiotics are unnecessary and unhelpful. The CDC reports that these 47 million excess prescriptions each year put patients at risk for allergic reactions and other side effects, not to mention the extra costs for everyone involved. With better care coordination and streamlined patient advocacy, many of these prescriptions could be avoided.

3. It’s really hard to remember everything the doctor says.

Many patients feel like they are alone in their struggle to recall the details of appointments with healthcare providers. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Most people can’t remember key details after a visit to a provider, including how to take medication as prescribed and when to schedule follow up visits. According to a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, patients tend to immediately forget 40 - 80% of the information relayed during a visit. And, more than half of the information that is remembered is likely incorrect. Technology-backed care coordination and patient advocacy can help reinforce important information, which in turn keeps people healthier and makes healthcare less expensive.

If any or all of these trends sound familiar, keep in touch with ModRN Health! Our nurse-led healthcare coordination software solution helps employers, senior living centers, and providers deliver better care to your people and save you money.

Passion for patients led us here

What drives our mission? Why do we do what we do at ModRN Health?

My name is CaRessa Hutchinson. I'm CEO and founder of ModRN Health. I call myself an "accidental RN-preneur" who is disrupting health care. Here's the story behind my passion.

As a pediatric acute care RN, I saw families making major, life-altering decisions without the proper education and support to understand the weight of their decisions.

Overworked nurses could no longer focus on patient advocacy, and over-loaded physicians were being forced to make decisions based on assumptions, inaccurate information, insurance, and bureaucracy; not based on people, as they had once dreamed of doing when they committed their lives to becoming healers.

It started to feel like I was watching one very large and very dangerous game of telephone, but with real lives depending on the results.

It was taking a heavy toll on my soul to continue to feel so helpless and, honestly, often like I was on the wrong side. Frustrated and seeing no change in sight, I decided that I had to be that change or it may never happen.

I saw the problem and also saw what I believed to be a "common sense" solution, so I created ModRN Health to find a way to implement that solution.

Unfortunately, I found that the everyday patient, to whom I was so empathetic, could not afford a private nurse advocate. So I researched and researched (and researched some more), population health, healthcare technology, the healthcare industry, the insurance industry, and the corporate healthcare industry.

I met with several of industry leaders in my community and nationwide. What I found first of all was that I was not the only one who felt completely helpless. Secondly, I found that the crisis I had witnessed from the hospital bedside--the crisis that had originally ignited my passion and drive to help these patients--actually went much deeper than I thought.

After gathering a thorough picture of how big the problem actually was and how many people and industries it was negatively affecting, I realized that my idea and my concept for a solution still held the answer.

My solution would simply need to be applied at the root of the problem, which was the whole system, not at "the tip of the iceberg" with direct patient care where I had originally thought the crisis was isolated.

In some ways, this discovery made the opportunity even better, because I would be able to help at a much larger scale in my community, my country and maybe even the world!

So, I pivoted and shifted my focus. I experienced a rough but rewarding year full of customer discovery, self discovery, product development, and business development that has transpired into creating an answer that will ultimately lead to a win-win solution for all industries and all people.

We don't have to feel powerless anymore. There is a better way, and we have found it.

Employee health benefits: It's time for a new approach

A big reason we're so excited about ModRN Health is because it offers a one-of-a-kind program for companies to give employees the tools they need to get and stay healthy, beyond the transactional functions of the employers' health insurance plan.

Employees need support, not only to become the healthiest possible versions of themselves, but also to become smart consumers of health care. ModRN Health offers employees a true healthcare partner who meets them where they are and stays with them throughout their life-long health journeys.

ModRN Health never bills insurance. Instead, employers who offer each of their employees a "membership" to ModRN Health are providing a valuable workplace perk that delivers benefits to the employees, as well as returning a benefit back to the employer.

What's going on? Why is ModRN Health such a compelling new tool and workplace perk? What's happening is that everything is changing in health care. Here are a few examples of the changes going on all around us:

  • The healthcare system is increasingly complex and fragmented.
  • The current healthcare system does not do very well in actual prevention or chronic disease improvement.
  • The current healthcare model is one of procedures, surgeries, and medications to treat symptoms, but rarely does it address underlying health problems or diseases.
  • New diagnoses usually result in the patient leaving with a prescription or being scheduled for a procedure.

Does this sound all too familiar?

We want to fix that. ModRN Health is changing the model to get back to the original intent of health care. ModRN Health offers innovative, personalized care coordination and advocacy solutions that better engage and guide people through their healthcare journeys. Our nurse-led care coordination staff, along with advanced member relations and our personal health technology platform and mobile app, support each individual to take an active role in prevention and improvement of acute or chronic, minor or severe, medical problems.

What's really exciting is that ModRN Health uses leading-edge technology to bring the high touch of nursing care to the fingertips of people wherever they are. ModRN Health offers education, options, navigation, and advocacy tools to people when they want to stay healthy, or when they are experiencing an illness and want to get healthy. Our solution helps people and their families improve health and outcomes, and it also decreases utilization and spending on medical services. That's good for everyone, including the employers--ModRN Health's customers--who subscribe to ModRN Health to offer the platform and app as a benefit to employees.  

ModRN Health's personalized tools will help people avoid sickness, decrease the negative aspects of chronic disease, improve well-being, and optimize the ability capacity to positively impact overall health. All of this happens while also improving the employer's bottom line.

It's time for a change!

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