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Christina Nesheva

GlaxoSmithKline plc

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What is the future of healthcare? How can it become health care vs sickness treatment? What role do technology and innovation play?

Healthcare costs are rising, the population is aging and medical needs are greater than ever. How can patients receive better quality care at an affordable price? How can we leverage technology to provide better and more affordable healthcare around the world?

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  • Oct 19 2011: It's really not about the future as it is about the now. Some may not be here for the future. I'm scanning thru all the replies and some seem to have lost the plot completely.I work in healthcare since 1990 and have seen so many changes. But have seen even more changes in the foods we eat, the water we drink, and cars we drive. The Oreo I used to eat in 1978 is not the same Oreo I eat today... Just a hunch on that one.
    Ask yourself these questions about what is being done "now". It starts with you, me, and our family history.
    What is the relationship between you and your physician(s)? How many times a year do you see your primary physician? Do you only see them when you're sick, need a Rx, referral, or do you actually go in for a wellness check/exam each 1-2 yrs? Has your primary care physician seen you when your healthy and sick? If so, chances are you are getting better care than those who only see their physician when sick.
    Do you lie to your physician? Recently there was a woman who comes and wants a referral for a CT scan of her lungs, but tells her physicians and nurses that she doesn't smoke. Her family rats her out finally... Or how about how many drinks you really had in a week? You cant lie to your physician if you want the best care possible.
    How many times have you made an appointment with a physician and became a "no show". This is just bad karma my friends, bad karma all around. If you think you free'd up their time, you are absolutely wrong. You burned a whole days salary. There is no good care, no care at all for that matter if you don't show up to your scheduled appointment.
    Do you know your family medical history? Talk about patient empowerment! You must educate your provider with your family history. Cancer, Heart, birth defects, there's so many ways you can educate your physician to better treat you in sick or health. Not enough characters here to talk tech & need to get back to work anyway. See your doctor and build a relationship, start now.

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