Scott Lachut, President of Research & Strategy at PSFK, uncovers key themes from the Future of Health report

In some capacity, nearly every individual has a patient record that sums of their personal and family medical history over a series of visits, tests and treatments. In theory, this is a powerful tool that doctors can leverage to understand changes over time, suggest the best care and predict future outcomes, but in reality, the information they contain is at best an approximation of a person’s actual well-being at any given time and therefore fail to be truly useful.

At its core, the health care system is not set up to deal with patient data. Nearly every visit to a hospital or clinic, particularly when it involves a new provider, feels like a reset, requiring multiple forms be filled out, with information that is often inaccurate or incomplete. Add to that the fact that patient records are often siloed between multiple offices and the picture gets even murkier – every provider is only seeing a narrow slice of the individual’s health story.

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