Let's Talk Life
So much of this discussion has answers rooted in the cultural trends growing in our country. After reading the latest Aetna Insurance piece, it is clear to us the primary niche markets for the next 20-30 years for the health space are ethnic minorities.
For all the hype and strategic planning of the latest technology does it appear that the bulk of conversations are within the nucleus of the macro system developers?
Perhaps it is time the software developers and platform designers spread their wings to understand the phychology and history of the health space of ethnic minorities.
Minority Health Statistics
Ethnic Minorities rank higher than any other group (cell) in having and dying from the following diseases – cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV Aids and Heart disease. We tend to think that it can be solely attributed to lack of exercise. The hard truth is that it is not exercising alone but it is coupled with what we consume (eat) and our lifestyle in general. The cost associated with eating healthy and living healthy can be rather intimidating. It's sad that today we have to pay for good health. But the alternative results in poor health, early death and accumulated debt due to medical bills.
Do you have an opinion regarding a process to reduce medical costs and to improve efficiencies in this space?
Here is what needs to happen for digital health care information sharing to actually become a successful reality.
Ethnic minority communities tend to be resistant to sharing personal information – the Tuskegee Syphilis study and the Henrietta Lacks - Hela Cells are two significant monumental events that have plagued our community causing this posture of reluctance. Clinical trials and immunizations are medical options that minorities consciously opt out of participating. Skepticism runs high and confidence that personal information will not be used negatively lingers in the subconscious. It is a challenge to get people to share information even as small as a phone number or email without causing a feeling of invasion of privacy. Again this has been long running throughout the history of minorities. Why are we avoiding the elephant in the room – in 2018 the elephant is called block-chain technology and interoperability between different electronic health records.
Can we get there? What safeguards would build your confidence to share your own private information.
Do you think we will ever be void of cyber phishing, identity theft and misuse of Personal Identifiable Information?