— Tracel Wilt, vice president of government sales, BioIQ —
Any given evening, I can watch news reports that cover the actions of our nation’s military forces on the global battlefield. Humanitarian stories are generally about soldiers delivering food supplies or helping with a village water supply. However, one area I do not see highlighted regularly is how U.S. Military medical professionals train local healthcare providers within our partner nations. The United States is shifting the paradigm of global healthcare, empowering other nations with training, supplies, and services to meet their own population health challenges.
Historically, our health service model deployed our soldiers, sailors, or marines into a partner nation to set up a two-week health clinic. Local citizens would line up for treatments that address their immediate health needs. The challenges arose after our troops left. In many cases, the chronic ailments would resurface but there would no longer be treatment available. During a presentation at the recent Military Healthcare 2015 conference, the Command Surgeon of the U.S. Pacific Command suggested that there had to be a better way to provide health services in these host nations if we are to change the trajectory of health outcomes after the military forces have left the theater of operations.
For example, the U.S. Navy trains members of the host nation to continue offering care after our sailors have returned home from deployments. The goal is to provide long-term solutions by changing the medical services capacity of the partner nation rather than delivering temporary “stop-gaps” in healthcare delivery shortages. Our nation is working throughout the world to improve logistics, care delivery, and infrastructure development in critical areas including blood safety, infectious disease, medical education, and maternal and child health.
BioIQ is popularizing a similar shift in individual health engagement here in the U.S. Instead of an unexpected doctor visit for an acute episode linked to an undetected chronic disease, the BioIQ SoftSuite platform connects people to their health numbers, measures the impact on their future health trajectory, and guides them as they achieve their health goals. Once they are empowered with their essential biometric numbers, participants can take a more knowledgeable, active role in their heath maintenance, improving long-term outcomes.
If you are interested in learning how to apply BioIQ’s population health management solutions to our nation’s military health services and federal agencies, please reach out to email@example.com.