by Sean Ruck
, Contributing Editor | May 31, 2019
From the May 2019 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
The other piece — I do believe we are in the midst of a transformation in healthcare, with cures for chronic disease. For that, we’ll tap into brain computer interfaces, neural modulation, other regenerative techniques.
HCB News: Healthcare continues to get more expensive. There’s real concern it will be untenable in the years ahead if something’s not done to curb those cost increases. If you had the ability to take two or three actions to get things on the right track, what would they be?
It’s an immensely complex problem. Access is one of the biggest issues. I think we’re on the right path with much of what we’re doing through technology and digital care that we can make a difference. Coordination and management of chronic disease is also an area that I think is ripe for transformation. I also believe, as I mentioned earlier with our Big Idea, that we are going to be able to shift more into health span versus life span. We’ll be able to focus much more into how we keep people healthy throughout their lives to let them lead rich and satisfying and rewarding lives where they’re able to avoid suffering, avoid chronic illness and interact with their loved ones.
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