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Investing in Health

Lindsey Hagan wrote this on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"He who enjoys good health is rich, though he knows it not." Italian Proverb

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Continually we hear about how preventative medicine plays an important role in living a healthy life. But in the age of instant information there is so much noise. There is also an abundance of pseudo-science based health recommendations that flood social media and email. What is a busy individual to focus on? How are we to separate fact from fiction?

I would love to have a software that focused on my risk factors for conditions and diseases. I want meaningful information on small changes I can incorporate into my busy life that would minimize my risks. I want a software program that treats investing in my health the same as I would invest for retirement. It’s important to me that it be based on actual science and works in concert with my doctor’s recommendations. I would like to see how the small changes that I make everyday effect the long term risks.

For instance I would like for my family history, current health status and daily behavior to all be taken into consideration. Then the program would give me small things to do every day to reduce my risks—small changes such as take an aspirin, increase your activity by 3,000 steps, start your day with an apple, get a massage. The program can provide curated medical library based on my lifestyle and risk factors--provided by leading doctors, nurses and researchers in the field. I can take in this information at my own pace and in the comfort of my home. Also an important factor would be connecting me to other individuals with similar lifestyles and goals.

Based on conversations I have had with individuals in the Health IT, I know that this is possible. I know that we have the data and we have the technology. Now we have to provide this information to the consumer empower them to protect their greatest asset.

Lindsey Hagan
Sales Executive, VitalHealth Software

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