What's Wrong with US Health Care?

Posted by Les Trachtman on Aug 19, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The U.S. spends more per capita and as a percentage of GDP on health care than any other country. However, it ranks 9th among comparable countries, well below the average, in terms of its amenable mortality, or the rate of deaths considered preventable by timely and effective care, and 12th in life expectancy. What factors contribute to these statistics and what is being done about it?

A high rate of medical errors is one factor contributing to the poor effectiveness of health care in the U.S. Among comparable countries, the U.S. has the highest percentage (19%) of adults who have experienced medical, medication or lab errors. Many of these errors result from the uncoordinated and unreliable decisions made by providers who face communication challenges with their patients and other physicians.

This problem persists despite the emergence and popularity of electronic health systems, ostensibly promoted by the U.S. federal government to improve overall communication of patient health information. Health providers struggle to obtain timely and accurate patient information when attempting to coordinate care. More than 85% of providers in the U.S. use electronic health systems, but this tool isn’t sufficient. Few systems communicate beyond a provider’s office, and many have incomplete, outdated or incorrect information that’s ineffective when used as a basis for the physician’s decision making.

Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, which contain a patient’s entire medical history, prove burdensome when quick medical decisions require specific information to treat a patient in a timely manner. Searching through the voluminous records, sometimes in multiple systems, is time-consuming and ineffective when a medical decision needs to be made quickly. Physicians often ignore these systems altogether rather than waste their time trying to figure out which pieces are actually relevant to the patient’s current condition.

Despite accumulating a patient's entire health record, if the relevant information isn't successfully delivered and easily accessible by the physician or physicians who need it for the patient's case, the data essentially hits a dead end and remains ineffective. How do we close this gap to provide better coordination and communication among health care providers for improved medical outcomes?

Medical Expert Opinion Software, like our Expert View platform, was designed to help.

With Medical Expert Opinion software, patients and physicians can share relevant information extracted from electronic systems or generated through their own examination, to ensure that all the information required to create a medical opinion on the patient’s issue is available.

These systems operate irrespective of geography, providing only relevant data where it’s needed, when it’s needed. While systems like this have been available to very wealthy individuals and executives of corporations with generous health care plans, Medical Expert Opinion Software is now available to the mass market.

Rather than receiving sixty years’ worth of health data in a patient’s EHR, through which you get to dig until you find the key pieces actually relevant to the patient’s current case, what if you could simply have that relevant information right at the top? Sounds like a provider’s dream, doesn’t it? Well, that dream has come true.

Medical Expert Opinion software enables your patient, or their physician, to deliver the relevant case information easily, immediately and hassle-free. The patient’s health information, including pathology reports, medical images, blood work results and more, are concisely delivered and presented electronically for you to access wherever and whenever you need it.

With this development, we're finally cracking the code to a more efficient, cost-effective health information delivery system.

Topics: Expert View, medical opinion software

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