Referrals of patients provide 75% volume of hospital patients. So large hospitals are trying to secure the referral networks. They buy private physician practices in their areas. What kind of business models do you think benefit patients most?
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There is a lot of mergers and acquisitions happening in the health care services business in the United States. The large hospitals are really getting their patients through the referrals. Referrals of patients provide 75% volume of hospital patients. So large hospitals are trying to secure the referral networks. They buy private physician practices in their areas. They partner with smaller hospitals. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. But at the same time the prevailing trend in health care is to move away from hospitals. Healthcare moves into an iPhone. Healthcare moves into more ambulatory services. It moves to remote monitoring and telemedicine. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Some countries such as Denmark are already very advanced in progressive models of healthcare. Healthcare goes to the patients instead of bringing the patient into the healthcare system. You have a lot of experience integrating hospital networks. You have experience in healthcare management. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. What kind of business models do you think benefit patients most? Where do you see the health care business in medical services advancing in the next 10 years? These are very interesting questions. Dr. Dale Adler, MD. I will take first the personal side of medicine. People being able to track their blood pressure or their heart rate. And we hope one day people can very easily check their blood sugar. For example, people who have asthma might be able to track their peak flow. It is the amount of air they’re able to force through their lungs at once. Dr. Dale Adler, MD. So there could be a tremendous amount of information that patients will be able to track on their own. And you are correct. patients can check their health without coming in the hospital. I think everyone is excited about a particular device now. It allows us to detect the pressure inside the pulmonary artery. So we can tell in those patients who’ve had problems with heart failure, if they’re starting to go in the wrong direction. We obviously can do a lot with heart rhythm issues monitoring remotely. Dr. Dale Adler, MD. So it’s very very exciting area. And we hope that we’ll learn more about it. We have to learn how to process the data. Because right now we’ve done studies in patients who come to the hospital with atrial fibrillation. We know what their history is. Then you have to do additional studies to say this. Well, what about a person who has a pacemaker? We can detect when they have atrial fibrillation for just one minute in a month. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. What does that mean? Dr. Dale Adler, MD. So that’s a whole other area for us to try to figure out how do we handle that huge amount of data that’s coming in. We have to know what does it actually mean for patient’s health. So that’s an area that’s very exciting.