Home to the Healthcare Revolution

by John Blaska | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

Healthcare is changing, but do we really know why? We know there is a distinct issue of how expensive healthcare is at the moment and that there is a misalignment of need versus resources. The expense of healthcare is certainly related to how we pay for healthcare but it is most certainly rooted in how we deliver healthcare. The most significant disconnect is not related to cost but it is certainly a factor in the cost.

In the last few decades the equation for healthcare has changed. According to the CDC, in 1900, the survivorship rate to the age of 50 was approximately 58% of the U.S. population, in 2007, it had reached approximately 93%. The WorldBank statistics show that in 1960 the worldwide life expectancy was 52.62 years of age in 2010 it was 69.64. In 2000 more people were dying of chronic disease than infectious disease.

Chronic disease is not equivalent to infectious disease, yet our system has been groomed and polished for infectious disease. As our system became more efficient it began to see everything through the lens of the infectious disease model. We began to see primary care erode into it's current state where there is a shortage of 25,000 practitioners in the US and 4.3 million worldwide. Chronic diseases are primary lifestyle related diseases and cannot be addressed via a syringe, pill popping or perfunctory procedures.

Chronic disease requires engagement. Engagement of the individual in their own quality of life and engagement in practitioners that can help cultivate the desired experience. Everspring Health addresses this by leveraging the cooperative business model where practitioners and patients partner in the pursuit of health and leveraging healthcare resources. Then leveraging an integrative care model as the ideal for refining lifestyles and dissolving chronic disease we create real outcomes for real everyday lives of our members. The revolution in healthcare won't come from the top down only the ground up.

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John

Last Name

Blaska

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Minneapolis

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United States, MN, Hennepin County

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Brent Barness

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

mnideaopen.org

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Everspring Health

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612-216-3500

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2201 Hennepin Ave

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Minneapolis

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United States, MN, Hennepin County

Your idea

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Title of your idea

Home to the Healthcare Revolution

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Healthcare is changing, but do we really know why? We know there is a distinct issue of how expensive healthcare is at the moment and that there is a misalignment of need versus resources. The expense of healthcare is certainly related to how we pay for healthcare but it is most certainly rooted in how we deliver healthcare. The most significant disconnect is not related to cost but it is certainly a factor in the cost.
In the last few decades the equation for healthcare has changed. According to the CDC, in 1900, the survivorship rate to the age of 50 was approximately 58% of the U.S. population, in 2007, it had reached approximately 93%. The WorldBank statistics show that in 1960 the worldwide life expectancy was 52.62 years of age in 2010 it was 69.64. In 2000 more people were dying of chronic disease than infectious disease.
Chronic disease is not equivalent to infectious disease, yet our system has been groomed and polished for infectious disease. As our system became more efficient it began to see everything through the lens of the infectious disease model. We began to see primary care erode into it's current state where there is a shortage of 25,000 practitioners in the US and 4.3 million worldwide. Chronic diseases are primary lifestyle related diseases and cannot be addressed via a syringe, pill popping or perfunctory procedures.
Chronic disease requires engagement. Engagement of the individual in their own quality of life and engagement in practitioners that can help cultivate the desired experience. Everspring Health addresses this by leveraging the cooperative business model where practitioners and patients partner in the pursuit of health and leveraging healthcare resources. Then leveraging an integrative care model as the ideal for refining lifestyles and dissolving chronic disease we create real outcomes for real everyday lives of our members. The revolution in healthcare won't come from the top down only the ground up.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Our model answers the question "If we are to build a model of healthcare, from the ground up, to meet today's needs how would we accomplish this task?" Cooperative ownership by key participants, primary care focused leveraging an integrative care model is how we go about addressing the needs for modern life. Make no mistake acute care is necessary and it is supremely adequate we need a new primary care model to complement what our system already does well.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

We need community based resources to revolutionize healthcare because health and quality of life go hand in hand. The desires of the individuals and the communities refine the metrics used to help guide healthcare principles and procedures. Health is a personal experience of our own quality of life. It must begin at the level of the individual in a community setting then it can be systematized and expanded. The core of a cooperative healthcare model is the patient and their relationship with their practitioner(s), this must be the focus and remain the focus as the system grows. As the system grows it still is leveraged for community and individual desires, this is how we create a lasting model that is truly focused on health and well-being.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The cooperative business model takes away misaligned profit motives as a cooperative is designed to address the needs of its members not outside influences. Sustainability will ultimately be focused and measured by real life outcomes. Health is a daily pursuit, if people are empowered to cultivate and pursue the quality of life they desire the model remains sustainable.

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