Personalized Healthcare- The Millennial Query, Healthcare Mission short of a Triumph

Originally published by Data Driven Investor on Medium


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We can all relate to the all-time transitioning modus vivendi of the century. Decades of the 1900s to 2000s have been fast track of technological, scientific, and information train. Yet, most of the passengers occupying the first-class seats make up the growing millennial population. They are the biggest drivers of the supersonic technological sequence of the century.

Industries have relentlessly managed to keep up with the pace with an exception- the physicians. Some may contend by referencing the astonishing achievements we have made in the healthcare stage over the past half-century. But I must aver those advances, although in good trust, still made through technological mastering of non-physicians without optimal physician validation efforts.

Whether intentional, political, or inadvertent, it's a matter of discrete discussion, but I feel obliged to further elaborate on the role of patients, physicians in the ever-changing healthcare landscape.

Anyone reaching young adulthood in the first half of the 21st-century is ostensibly tech-savvy and reliant on what the technology must offer. One may reasonably assume the millennial is more of a social media follower than pen pals.

The liberal millennial attitude is principally applicable to all aspects of their lives, to which healthcare is no Odder. Contrary to say, the baby boomers' adaptation of such revolution has been somewhat scattered and inconsistent. The disparity between the two generations more so healthcare's of particular importance.

The patient baby boomer population is on the rise, as physicians of the same generation are retiring as we speak. Statistically, the proportion of millennial physicians cannot keep stride with the increasing number of baby boomer patients, while both latter sustain their traditional insolence about health and healthcare delivery.

21st-century's vision of physicians is still around maintaining Hippocratic personalized medicine while losing saneness to rapid putsch of sacred clinical judgment to a protocol-based rigid corporate algorithmic patient care. Ancient Personalized care by physicians is becoming the theme of a chapter in history.

The Utilitarian population health model is one of the motives to fault for such a course. It's the health outcomes of a group of individuals in a community, country, defined geographic boundaries, or population with the specific shared profile that defines healthcare mission. Population health also represents the dispersion of endings within the demarcated crowd.

By transitioning from personalized Hippocratic medicine into a collective population-based approach- over time, the practice of medicine was forced into the adaptation of utilitarian overture.

The changeover into the population model supports the doctrine that the ideal healthcare is the derivative of the usefulness of its deliverable and that the aim of medical intervention should be the most outstanding possible balance of benefit over risk or the most extraordinary upshot for the majority within the human assemblage.

The Modern millennia perceptual experience of personalized and population healthcare is multifariously diverse, as they feel technological advancement would optimally suffice to establish customized healthcare. With the like mindset, tailored medicine is equivalent to genomics. On the contrary, genuine, personalized healthcare isn't tactically technology-reliant. Instead, it strategically enhances its efficient conveyance and eases the cost of the services rendered.

Millennial Trust and over-reliance on technology is pronounced to the level where decision-makers or leaders favorably select their ability in a given area of responsibility vis-à-vis scientific or technical knowledge. This is in contrast to the physician and patient Baby boomer distrust of technology.

But this must change!

For the time being, we must discuss the vacuum created within the healthcare system that is drawing in the wrong personalized healthcare infrastructure as the upshot of the polarity within the present-day super volatile generation.

No doubt, the current healthcare inclination is on the fast track in the direction of "one-size-fits-all" medicine. Baby Boomers picture this as they have been on the train since the departure from the initial station, but are millennials looking for cookie-cutter medical care?!- Yet the study reveals otherwise.

According to a recent issue in Forbes magazine, millennials have six expectations from their prevailing Healthcare system that must conform to their needs.

First and foremost- they want to take their personal healthcare into their own hands, not only by being part of the decision-making process but also be the ultimate decision-maker of what personally makes more sense to them.
Second- They would like the system to understand that patients do their homework before any clinic visit by researching the problem.
Third- They expect transparency and Up-Front Cost Estimates for the clinic visits and medical services.
Fourth- The younger generation prefers whatever fits in the palm of their hands or accessible by the computer. They trust in Apps as the primary instrument to colligate with the world- that includes medical care.
Fifth- for millennials being Healthy has a different Meaning. Being not Sick is not enough choice anymore. They need the best and what's the best fit for their lifestyle.
Sixth- the growing generation of patients seems to handle healthcare with a consumer posture like any other commodity, including shopping for health insurance, physician services.

Although not new among U.S. citizens, a phenomenon has gained unprecedented popularity and is being adopted in countries worldwide, yet among that where utilitarian population health has had its way.

The trendy passage in millennial defiance towards medical service is the typical predication of the market traction for personalized healthcare and consumerism, hence prompt and necessitating physicians to take the leadership of this transition by helping patients bear the volatility of the healthcare landscape. Physician baby boomers using their wisdom of what truly personalized care must claim their domain and work towards solving the evolving misconception about what personalized medicine, healthcare, precision are and how they differ from