Citizen Health is the new kid on the block of digital healthcare companies, promising to level the ground for all healthcare stakeholders. Its founders are banking on the core healthcare principles to develop a new health ecosystem grounded on proactive health. It aims to unite the world’s citizens using its digital health ecosystem.
The Current Healthcare Ecosystem Does Not Prioritize Consumers
Citizen Health believes that the current healthcare field has several inadequacies. From insurance companies selling junk plans to thousands of startups, each limits consumers’ ability to access quality healthcare services throughout the globe. In such an environment, Citizen Health seeks to change the narrative and create “An open health economy of the people, by the people, and for the people,” as its mission statement states.
Citizen Health Offers a Fresh Perspective to Patient Access
Citizen Health intends to break away from the current reactive model standard in the healthcare industry. Aimed to believe that healthcare should and could be better, the team of innovators with economic, technology, and medical backgrounds is taking it upon themselves to bring about a fundamental change. MEDIT Token and Ethereum are the two blockchain technologies powering up this innovation. The company’s three primary objectives are:
Create a better way to pay for healthcare.
The company will offer a more accessible, quicker, and cheaper way to pay for healthcare than insurance.
Develop a better way to govern healthcare.
The company will establish a democratic healthcare cooperative reserved for physicians and patient members.
Build a better way to coordinate care.
The company will develop a Health Operating System to prop up the novel economic model.
Ethereum Powered Preventative Medicine
Preventative medicine, a practice aimed at promoting well-being through a combination of medical procedures that avoid illness, disease, disability, and death, is a proactive approach to healthcare. It is also one of the pillars that Citizen Health aims to build on to build an affordable healthcare economy that prioritizes individuals and is generational in sustainability.
Preventative medicine is essential. It can help crackdown on pre or initial stages of chronic illnesses, such as lung or heart disease. Screening and detection are crucial, and the maintenance of excellent habits, such as zero tobacco use, exercising, and eating well.
To ensure the success of preventative medicine, Citizen Health aims to integrate “omics” research and bio and nanotechnology into its demographic platform. The plan is that this will help improve humanity’s overall health and well-being.
When the nations of the world come together to assist hurting communities heal after being struck by natural disasters, the aspect of global collaboration is a driving force of social good. Would it not be possible to harvest such power and lengthen its scope for proactive actions, thus taking care of the world’s health through collaborative efforts?
Like other platforms powered by Ethereum, Citizen Health has a digital marketplace that allows for the interchange of wellness and health products. This platform will enable you to peruse a list of global providers and choose the best medical specialist for your situation!
The technology will benefit different healthcare stakeholders in different ways. Consider the following scenarios:
- Patients needing an M.R.I. scan and either do not have insurance or have yet to meet their deductible can locate available providers matched to their unique preferences (personal values, time, location, price, etc.)
- Buy and schedule the service while dealing directly with the institution or physician to be charged 50-70% less than you would with most insurance contracted rates.
- Check in to your appointment via phone. Your forms would have been filled out and prepared automatically.
- Instant payments directly from patients with no service coding or insurance billing requirements.
- Offer concierge services to self-funded employers, paid without any insurance intermediaries.
- Generate referrals within the network based on services, location, quality, and transparent pricing.
- CitAfter analyzing medical claims data, Citizen Health advises how employer plans can save money on healthcare expenses.
- Contract with imaging/labs, surgery centers, and doctors to directly purchase their services and save up to 30-50%.
- Develop “Health as a Service” plans for employees who suffer from chronic conditions.
In general, the platform will further set the pace for the following:
- Democracy. Meet for discussions and vote virtually to tackle global issues tied to social interests.
- MEDIT Tokens. The Citizen’s Health Marketplace has crypto-currency.
- Gamification. The more you keep fit, the more MEDIT you earn! Products like Android or Misfit can help you keep track of your progress.
- Health A.I. Electronic Medical Records are stored on and generated from the cloud.
- Incentivize. Promote the well-being of patients by motivating them to eat healthily and exercise regularly.
- Global Brain. Contribute to community healing by funneling information related to social health to develop an international database exchange.
Conventional Digital Health vs. Citizen Health
Citizen Health seeks to enter an already crowded field of digital health startups, all jostling for relevance and profitability. However, the company, which markets itself based on an open healthcare economy, is keen on separating itself from the pack. It aims to be an unequivocal platform where all medical care stakeholders, including patients, can congregate, talk, and vote on various matters.
The openness that this brand promises could be vital in aligning the interests of all healthcare stakeholders, including scientists, healthcare providers, developers, and patients. MEDIT tokens intertwine with all the aspects of the healthcare Digi-ecosystem. The digital ecosystem implies that the number of MEDITs acquired with time determines any party’s influence within the entire democratic design. This platform thus reinforces the P2P formula—funding from investments, related institutions, MEDIT token sales, and monthly memberships.
Citizen Health also enables the promotion of global well-being bridging products, such as Apple and Fitbit. Perhaps, even ultimately leads to users getting more positive and direct influence on the health of others via a democratic setting.
Additionally, Citizen Health provides campaigns for crowdsourcing to generate funds that can help the less fortunate. 10% of which channels towards the provision of food for the world’s hungry population.
Citizen Health will offer the app in a Health as a Service module. Users will have to subscribe to monthly subscriptions provided in two forms; Direct Care and Personalized Health. However, even though the two plans have different medical care features, they will cost $100.
The Direct Care plan allows a patient to access primary care from physicians in any world. It provides for same-day appointments, and patients with the scheme can access care via call, email, text, or video chat.
For Personalized Health, the patient’s health needs determine the subscription. The package supports specialty care from physicians in any region of the world. Services get paid on Medoplex through smart contract implementation.
Is an Uber-style Healthcare System the Answer?
Super-sizing data is appealing and standard in most modern “gig” technologies. However, some critics argue that we could be turning medical consultations into a one-touch app. They fear the consequences of turning something so critical as healthcare into the equivalent of a self-serve fill-up station.
It is undeniable that blockchain technology has multiple applications vital in re-shaping our economy’s future. However, when it comes to healthcare: does digital indeed mean better? We also have the question of the companies allowed to access personal data and the various other ways they use the data collected. Will each business and Citizen Health conduct their smart contracts via Ethereum’s technology? Will different rules come into effect when a patient gains more influence over other members of the Citizen Health Ecosystem?
When it comes to reaching regions with limited resources, telehealth has unparalleled benefits, although numerous aspects of the technology and its uses are still unraveling.
Healthcare Access for Humanity
Citizen Health looks to disrupt the healthcare industry by building an affordable medical economy that prioritizes the people and is generationally sustainable. Through this technology, Citizen Health aims to bridge the gap between various healthcare stakeholders, including patients, medical providers, developers, and more, through transparency, ensured by a system where all members can discuss and vote on pertinent issues.
However, whether the Uber-style approach could work in the healthcare industry remains. The idea is that over time, and not through luck, the platform design will comfortably integrate and become a true representative of the global population, with MEDIT’s acquired marketplace influence helping the platform to thrive.
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