10 Dec Hamster Wheel Medicine – Getting off the treadmill
Treadmill (trĕd’mĭl‘) n.
- An exercise device consisting of a continuous moving belt on which a person can walk or jog while remaining in one place.
- A similar device operated by an animal treading a continuous sloping belt.
Today, Dr. Jordan Shlain and I opened the morning session of the 2009 WHIT Conference by introducing the notion of Direct Practice as a model for enhancing access, reducing costs, and improving quality. For this particular audience and presentation, I set the stage by introducing three themes:
- Health Care in Crisis
- Patients as Consumers
- Direct Practice as a Response
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This then set the table for Dr. Shlain to share his 10 year experience as a pioneer in this field. He described very intimate stories of the deep relationships, the personalized service, and the exceptional outcomes achieved. It was a truly powerful way to introduce what we believe will be the next wave of innovation in health care delivery. He closed by publicly unveiling for the first time Current Health (which I profiled yesterday) as the first branded primary care experience coming to a west coast location near you.
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Given the time constraints, we were not able to take all the audience questions. I will post responses to these on shortly:
- What application are you using to send data to your iPhone?
- How do we get Americans to take care of themselves?
- You are speaking about General Practitioner from 80 years ago?
- You seem to be talking about non-universal healthcare?
- If more primary care docs see fewer patients with your model, how will we meet the burgeoning primary care needs of America?
- How many patients do you see at any one time?
- How does your model handle emergencies?