Last week our CEO, Dr. Rachel Dew was interviewed on Bloomberg Business week Radio with Carol Messer. Dr. Dew shared about how the pandemic has impacted healthcare, the integrative health model and the future of medicine.
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Below are a few excerpts from Dr. Dew as well as a link where you can listen to the interview!
The pandemic has caused an uptick in many other health crisis, from mental and emotional health to physical health – such as injury, illness and chronic disease. This increase is partly due to patients avoiding in-person care because of safety concerns and putting off treatment. Telemedicine has provided a solution to meet these concerns and now tele-care provides easier and safer access to get continued care.
The need is greater now more than ever for a whole-person care approach that includes traditional healthcare, prevention and also wellbeing. That is why at ModiHealth we offer both telemedicine virtual sessions as well as telewellness – which includes not only traditional medicine but also virtual care with life and health coaches, fitness, nutrition, mental health and more. Truly every kind of care and support someone needs within their health and wellness journey.
At ModiHealth, we are the only integrative telemedicine and telewellness platform in the industry. Users can see every type of doctor, health or wellness practitioner under one virtual roof, providing easy and safe access to quality care. In addition to live virtual care we also offer health programs and a health streaming service to fully support people achieving optimal health and wellbeing.
What does the immediate future hold as we continue to face this pandemic? We will be seeing multiple vaccine’s becoming available on the market soon. There are a few things to keep in mind around this –
Dr. Fauci recently speculated that it may not be until late 2021 that we here in the US might “start approaching a degree of normality.” – This doesn’t mean 100 percent back to normal. Masks and social distancing are going to be a part of our lives for an undetermined amount of time, so we need to prepare ourselves for this.
Vaccines need to reach a large % of the population before herd immunity is established. WHO (World Health Organization) shared that herd immunity against measles requires about 95% of a population to be vaccinated. The remaining 5% will be protected by the fact that measles will not spread among those who are vaccinated. They will most likely begin making the vaccination available to front line healthcare workers and continue on with vaccinating specific groups and moving forward group by group based on critical need.
Some statistics to keep in mind –
• Pfizer’s and Moderna have vaccine’s and report a ninety-five percent rate of efficacy, Oxford Univeristies vaccine (Interim data suggests 70% protection, but the researchers say the figure may be as high as 90% by tweaking the dose.
• The results will be seen as a triumph, but come after Pfizer and Moderna vaccines showed 95% protection. the Oxford jab is far cheaper, and is easier to store and get to every corner of the world than the other two)
• CDC survey says that 40% and 80% of those surveyed said they’d be willing to get vaccinated
There is a large amount of distrust right now – what we need to counter that is a clear and unified message from leadership, full transparency from the drug companies on testing, research and also on every single element/ingredient within the vaccine. With full transparency the fears of the American people can be eased, but total honesty, transparency and unified messages are key.
The vaccine will most likely be rolled out slowly versus mass available to all – this means that a vaccine entering the market will not solve the pandemic – this will take time – please continue social distancing, practicing proper hygiene and wearing a mask – this may be frustrating for those dealing with what we are now calling ‘Covid-fatigue’, the exhaustion and overwhelm of dealing with the pandemic for these many months. But it is important not to jump ship and throw up your hands. Continuing to do our part will save thousands of lives before we are able to get back to a post-pandemic normal. We need to listen to the scientists. This is not about politics, this is about human lives; your mother, brother, or child’s lives are at stake so please, to everyone listening, do your part!
There is still so much that we do not know and research will reveal much more in the coming months and years, but for now, we do not know with certainty, many things, such as the effectiveness of the vaccine’s on those who have already had the virus.
We have a unique approach at ModiHealth since we were founded by practitioners. We believe that patient care should be dictated by doctors not health insurance companies. Right now most holistic or alternative care is out of pocket only which limits access to those who are unable to afford care. We have addressed this to some extent by making consults affordable.
With the future of health insurance and its relationship to holistic, complimentary and alternative care coverage, there is a massive market demand and insurance companies will eventually need to address this by increasing wellness care and complimentary and alternative care coverage and reimbursement. We need to shift the focus to keeping people well versus only treating health problems once they arise.
At ModiHealth we are seeing so many people focusing on wellness and prevention through a more holistic approach or whole-person approach to health. Now is a time more than ever where people are concerned about being as healthy and resilient as possible. Even traditional medical doctors and health experts such as Dr. Fauci have touted the importance of vitamin D, C, and zinc in immune support and optimal immune system function. We also know that stress and proper sleep support immune function as well – it is important now to focus on discovering where you have gaps in your health and wellness and take tangible steps towards optimizing your health.
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