We’re all going to die. (Okay, sorry to open a post with such a morbid statement, but it got your attention, right?) Have you thought about your plan, priorities, family and finances?
By answering these questions, we can all help fix health care. We’ll talk more about that in the second half of this post.
I can help fix health care too. I do it by working with a health care analytics company. I’ll tell you more about that now.
Why did I start working at Medalogix?
A couple of years ago, I was an audience member at TedxNashville. The first on the docket was the CEO of this particular health care analytics company, Dan Hogan of Medalogix. He arrived on stage holding a Rubik's Cube and he commanded attention. You can see it for yourself here.
In summary, Dan discussed how advanced directives and living wills could save health care simply because people were making their own decisions about their end-of-life priorities. Not only could it save healthcare money, but it could improve care quality because individuals get to choose how they want to live their final days. And when given the opportunity, 80 percent of people say they want to die at home, surrounded by loved ones, far away from hospitals and breathing tubes.
I sent my resume immediately.
Dan and his team had a vision and were working to improve health care as we know it. I wanted to be a part of the solution. Plus, it didn’t hurt that I’d get to wear jeans in startup land.
Here are some scary statistics provided by The Conversation Project:
So what does Medalogix actually do? How do they help solve the challenge outlined in the stats above?
“What do you do?” I’m often asked in small talk. The answer launches me into a multitude of run on sentences about Medalogix and how we’re helping to improve home health and hospice care with predictive analytics. I’m wildly gesticulating when I realize their eyes are glazed over because they were just being polite, and oh, they work in retail.
Since you're reading this, you're probably actually interested. With that in mind, here's the elevator pitch:
With Medalogix, the focus is on leveraging predictive analytics to supplement clinical insight in home health. Predictive analytics takes historical data with known outcomes to discover a pattern. Those patterns are then built into models and algorithms which can predict a patient's likely outcome. At Medalogix, the predictive models are built into a software that identifies patients who might be appropriate for hospice care or who may be at risk for hospital readmission. With this information, clincians can ensure they're having the right conversations with the right patients at the right time.
For me, working for a health care analytics company is the perfect trifecta. Patients win, clinicians win and healthcare wins.
Are your eyes glazed over yet? Stay with me.
Why should you care?
You don’t have to work in health care to care about your end-of-life priorities. (I told you we’d get to the part about how you can change healthcare.) And you don’t have to be near the end of your life to make some serious decisions about the possible scenarios that could develop as you age.
You can still impact health care spending, increase patient quality of life and improve care communication. Yes, you.
Anyone can help fix health care.
To do that, I want to encourage you to do three things:
Think about your end-of-life priorities
Talk about it with your loved ones
Write it down
If you want more information on how you can help healthcare through end-of-life care consideration and planning, check out some of these resources:
The Conversation Project (nonprofit organization dedicated to helping aid end-of-life conversations)
No Risky Chances (an excerpt from Dr. Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal)
Straight Talk Needed to Choose Care at End of Life (Harvard Health Blog)
End of Life in America (some statistics)
- Advanced Directives (find your state's advanced directive)