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How to Close the Gap Between Healthy Aging and Growing Old

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Living forever has always been a dream of mankind. Since the 20th century, we’ve increased life expectancy by 30 years from 49 to 79, but are we living those additional years to the fullest?

Americans are consuming healthcare services at an increasingly intense rate the older we become. While U.S. residents over the age of 65 only made up 14% of the population in 2012, they accounted for 34% of healthcare-related spending, according to a 2015 National Bureau of Economic Research report, titled “Medical Spending of The U.S. Elderly.” Additionally, medical expenses for the elderly more than double between the ages of 70 and 90, with the average amount spent on healthcare exceeding $25,000 annually for those aged 90 or above.

From dementia to diabetes to heart disease, these are the conditions likely to take up most our last years on Earth. The result is the mindset that growing old is often seen as a period of diminishment, not opportunity. While the medical community has made significant advances to help treat these chronic conditions, more measures can and should be implemented to delay their onsets.

Prevention vs. Treatment: Fee-for-Service Medicine Affects Patient Health

Basic science tells us eating right, exercising and abstaining from drug use will generally lead to a longer, healthier life and possibly stave off common conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. However, very little financial incentives are in place to encourage this type of preventable behavior. The healthcare system doesn’t invest much into patient education and primary care office visits bill for very little.

Instead, insurance companies reimburse doctors based on procedures. While rewarding healthcare providers for each step they take to make a patient better may seem admirable on the surface, it creates a culture focused more on treating than preventing.

In a 2014 study titled, “Do Physicians’ Financial Incentives Affect Medical Treatment and Patient Health,” researchers found reimbursement changes often lead physicians to adjust treatment patterns, especially among elective procedures.

It doesn’t have to be this way. What if the healthcare community refocused its efforts on preserving the physical, social and emotional dimensions that define a healthy life?Aging is still inevitable, but shortening the decline that occurs near the end of life could maximize the time individuals are physically and mentally connected and empowered.

Intelligent Information Sharing Can Lengthen Our Healthspans

There is no one-solution-fits all in the battle to extend healthy life expectancies, but the utilization and sharing of medical data can help. Every time a doctor sees a patient, he or she is collecting an extensive amount of healthcare data, such as patient’s history, symptoms, imaging and lab tests. This data is then used to arrive at an optimal treatment decision, rarely to prevent.

Eliminating medical silos and connecting them with the latest in intelligent systems could play a major role in prediction and prevention of disease. Data can provide medical practitioners with the information they need to build better patient profiles to more effectively predict, diagnose and possibly delay the onset of disease.

Wearable devices and smartphone apps are taking steps to use predictive analytics to improve patient care. For instance, eCare21 is a remote patient-monitoring system that collects thousands of pieces of health data from thousands of senior citizens. The company’s platform uses smartphones, sensors and over 200 wearable and in-home devices to monitor and securely share key digital health parameters, such as glucose, blood pressure, sleep efficiency, heart rate, physical activity and more in an effort to provide more proactive care.

Singapore, named third in the world for life expectancy by the World Health Organization,  is also using data to take more preventative measures to delay aging. The county’s Centre for Healthy Ageing at the National University Health System is collaborating with other global institutions to compare data and perform studies to test different aging interventions.

Life insurance companies are also stepping up by using policyholder health data to offer incentives. John Hancock partnered with Vitality to integrate wellness benefits with life insurance products by collecting data from activities policy holders do to stay healthy, such as: meeting step goals tracked through a free Fitbit®; getting annual health screenings; staying tobacco-free; and more. Annual premiums are reduced and rewards and discounts are achieved when personalized health goals are met.

While there is no need for a national database of all the medical and personal information to provide a complete picture of America’s aging population, public health officials and other stakeholders can still use the data available to analyze patterns and compare similar patients. By deploying new technologies, sharing data and implementing more incentives for preventative care, we can close the gap between healthy aging and growing old. After all, each of us desires to live a quality of life we always envisioned as long as we can.

CereScan on Forbes.com: Using Data Analytics to Fight the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis statistics are alarming: Drug overdoses, most of which are related to opioids, killed over 64,000 people in the United States last year — an increase of 21% over 2015. Disturbing as those numbers are, understanding the data behind opioid addiction, and analyzing the overwhelming information being collected is critical to fighting the drug crisis.

In the article title “Using Big Data Medical Analytics to Address the Opioid Crisis,” CereScan CEO, John Kelley, discusses how data analytics can and must become a key component in the effort to end the opioid epidemic.

“We’ve all seen the statistics: Drug overdoses, most of which are related to opioids, killed over 64,000 people in the United States last year — an increase of 21% over 2015, according to the CDC. The New York Times just reported that fentanyl has overtaken the top spot from heroin as the leading cause of these deaths. Almost as chilling, there are an estimated 2 million prescription opioid addicts, putting a squeeze on the economy to the tune of more than $75 billion annually.

The national opioid crisis is a dilemma of dichotomies. There are challenges with both prescription and illicit drugs. The solutions must consist of efforts that realistically can reduce the number of people who become addicts in the first place, as well as cure those who do…”

Read the full article on Forbes.com

 

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CereScan CEO John Kelley accepted into Forbes Technology Council

John Kelley Forbes Tech Council

John Kelley, CEO and Chairman of CereScan, has been accepted into the Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs and technology executives.

Kelley joins other Forbes Tech Council members, who are hand-selected, to become part of a curated network of successful peers and get access to a variety of exclusive benefits and resources, including the opportunity to submit thought leadership articles and short tips on industry-related topics for publishing on Forbes.com.

Forbes Councils combines an innovative, high-touch approach to community management perfected by the team behind Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) with the extensive resources and global reach of Forbes. As a result, Forbes Council members get access to the people, benefits and expertise they need to grow their businesses — and a dedicated member concierge who acts as an extension of their own team, providing personalized one-on-one support.

“I’m thrilled to join this prestigious technology community,”  says Kelley. “I look forward to contributing to the council, collaborating with other members and further reinforcing CereScan’s leadership role in the techmed industry.”

CereScan® is the leading provider of neuro-diagnostics solutions and its medical analytics platform CereMetrix®, is set to change the way brain disorders are evaluated and diagnosed. Through the use of its patented, statistically-correlated, normative and scalable medical database, CereMetrix® is designed to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of the human brain.

Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, says, “We are honored to welcome John Kelley into the community. Our mission with Forbes Councils is to curate successful professionals from every industry, creating a vetted, social capital-driven network that helps every member make an even greater impact on the business world.”

For more information about Forbes Technology Council, visit https://forbestechcouncil.com/. To learn more about Forbes Councils, visit forbescouncils.com.

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Video: How Technology is Revolutionizing the Diagnosis of Brain Disorders

John Kelley, CEO and Chairman of CereScan, sits down with Unity Stoakes of StartUp Health to share his vision for the future of brain health and what CereScan is doing to make that vision a reality.

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