I created a new website – SlackerHealth.com – focused on bringing together services to improve the patient experience.
After spending most of my 20+ years in healthcare, I’ve seen how many gaps there are in the industry. It’s especially true in the delivery of patient services.
And while technology innovation in many industries serves to lower costs and improve efficiency, we just haven’t seen that in healthcare. It’s just the opposite. Medical inflation rises at 2 to 3 times CPI and wage increases. Which means that if you’re getting less than a 6% to 7% pay increase every year, you’re actually making less money, net of healthcare costs.
As new technologies hit the market, costs just continue to rise. The solutions provided so far are generally more targeted at shifting costs between the participants – patients, providers, payers, employers. But unless we actually lower the overall cost, none of these solutions is viable over the longer term.
For a long time, I’ve wanted to build something to start tackling these challenges. Slacker Health is a first step in that process.
Much more to come but it’s a start.