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MarkHanson

MarkHanson
Joined Mar 2015
MarkHanson
Joined Mar 2015

This discussion has encouraged me to ask myself,"What do I want (ideally) related to my Sleep Apnea therapy?" Thinking this over I find that I do not want to rely on my own know-how and technical intervention to be the key to my health. I cherish the collaboration and interaction with the team that supports my health. I live in Boston and I am at most fifteen minutes from any of the doctors, health centers, or hospitals I need. It is not luck - it reflects the value my family places on quality health care. My PCP, sleep doctor, urologist, neurologist, cardiologist and dentist are key. Many have become friends over the years. That said I find myself the most critical link among these great individuals because we do not have a unified medical records management system. So ... Reflecting, on the article, I decided some time back to NOT use tools like Sleep Head but rather to focus my efforts on becoming

  1. A better listener when interacting with my doctors.
  2. A diligent participant in my own care by following the guidance I receive.
  3. A thoughtful patient, communicating early and often when I have a question or concern.
  4. Mindful that how I behave is modeling more powerfully to my kids and grand-kids more than anything I say to them.

Several of my colleagues do not live close to the medical providers and services they require. Not by their choice, I am sure. There are many places where population density or the requirements for specialized care do not match economically. Yes, telemedicine and other emerging technologies mitigate some of the distance and limited resource issues. Often however the question is one of cost rather than quality or effectiveness of care. Sometimes it is the complexity of the condition. We as a people need to move beyond these limitations through however many steps it takes to ensure the best healthcare for everyone.

IMHO the key dynamic is how the general public, the medical community, employers and governments view the importance of cooperation and collaboration between these groups. Awareness, education, a lot of listening, and removing barriers has proven very effective in arenas as diverse as industry and social justice. The voice of the customer and the voice of the 'minority' bring new vitality and perspective to the discussion. Realize that the dependencies among groups and individuals matter. Believing that improving efficiency, effectiveness, and focusing on quality-of-life needs to be the goal for everyone in the community, not just those with the deepest pockets or the loudest voices. Such focus, give patients, persistence, and perseverance, over time, brings unexpected amazing results.