21st-Century Healthcare Revolution
A technology-driven healthcare revolution has been shifting control from the hands of institutions and physicians back into the hands of the patients for the past 40 years. This revolution appears to partially mirror the institutional revolution that took place in the early 1900s with the creation of medical schools and hospitals. Prior to that time we were born at home and died at home.
The certification of physicians limited those who could practice, and the advent of hospitals took the control out of the hands of the patients and put it in the hands of the experts. Now this trend is reversing. Patients are looking for complementary alternatives to traditional medicine. These patient-driven incentives enhanced by technology are changing the way we experience and practice medicine in the 21st century.
Coupled with the sky-rocketing prices of health care and the need to stem those costs, technology offers solutions to patients by giving them choices for less expensive options. The Community Pain Center (CPC) offers multiple cost-saving technologies all in one place that promise to reduce overall healthcare expenditures, help patients achieve their desired health outcomes, and put the control of health management back in the hands of the patients. The CPC has adopted a patient-centric model where well-informed patients can decide on their own path to health with the guidance of physicians, allied health associates, and health coaches all playing a role in their healthcare team.
Knowledgeable patients are a formidable force driving the healthcare revolution, and the CPC is instrumental in helping educate them with trustworthy sources. The Internet has exploded with all kinds of health-related information. Gone are the days when you get the majority of information from your doctor or neighbor. Now you can easily access research studies, treatment options, medical advice, and much more on the Internet. But this confusing overload of information can be difficult for anyone to navigate, let alone an ailing person. That is where the CPC comes in.
With vetted experts providing evidence-based tools and information, the CPC is a one-stop destination with everything necessary to make informed health decisions. Here are just a few of the resources the CPC has to offer right now, along with a preview of what is to come.
Education empowers! Pain patients are thirsty for knowledge to better themselves and help others. The CPC’s Learning Exchange is the destination to do just that. The more you know, the more we can help. That is why the CPC has dedicated a support center to the practice of learning. Here you will find articles on everything from diagnosis and treatment, to the latest scientific research, to fun healthy activities you can do with your family and friends.
The Learning Exchange provides the most informative, medically-accurate and relevant information you seek in your quest for improved health. Coming soon will be webinars, podcasts, surveys, clinical trial opportunities, and a women’s wellness program. Currently the CPC newsstand features The NEW! Fibromyalgia AWARE magazine, but soon there will be many more popular magazines, medical journals and other recognized publications, as well as more CPC-created media and contributions from the pain community at large.
If you are someone who prefers to get your news, entertainment and information through television or video, this support center is your go-to for what you want to know. If you want some healthy advice, the latest research, or just to hear stories from other people like you, e‑Health Media features four channels for your education, support and enjoyment.
The Research and Science channel delivers just that–the science and research about pain and other related conditions. The Interactive Health channel features informative how-to videos on topics such as nutrition, exercise and ways you can actively improve your health. You can watch the Lifestyle and Treatments channel for programs about our day-to-day needs and activities, information and suggestions for managing your health, and news on cutting-edge treatments. The Community Sharing channel brings you the news and stories of individuals, caregivers, non-profit organizations, and other advocates raising awareness for the pain community.
The Pain Cooperative is a special place in the CPC where organizations share their devotion to improving the lives of people with chronic pain. Compassionate non-profit organizations (NPOs) are partnering with the CPC to reach those in need of resources and services. Patients benefit immensely from the educational information and programs that these organizations offer the community.
The CPC’s Self-Management Tools support center takes the mystery out of pain and puts its management squarely in your hands. Find patterns and solutions for pain management by tracking which daily tasks, foods and habits result in pain by using the CPC’s Symptom Tracker and Reporting (STAR)™ system. Then get additional feedback by participating in the soon-to-come Weekly Individualized Self Help (WISH)™ program. WISH is a CPC patient-assessment tool that can help you evaluate specific treatments or lifestyle changes to see if they’re working or not.
No longer will your records be held hostage by facilities who store them in offsite locations that charge hundreds of dollars to locate and transmit them to your specialist or new doctors. This time-consuming and costly process can have health-limiting effects in acute care situations, in addition to being an added stressor in chronic care situations when patients find themselves searching for answers through multiple layers of institutions and medical personnel. Through the CPC’s My Medical Vault™, patients will soon be able to store digital copies of their records and have them available when seeking consultations from any number of healthcare providers. Continue to check the CPC website for this coming attraction.
Much, Much More to Come
The CPC is a work-in-progress, and that is because 81% of you told us in our survey that you wanted your voice to be heard, so that you can make a difference in the way chronic pain is perceived and treated. This is your chance to be involved on the ground level in the creation of the CPC, so please give us your feedback.
It is the CPC’s goal to offer you:
- the highest quality educational information and resources
- access to new treatments and self-management tools
- the opportunity to evaluate and give feedback
- empowerment on your path to greater vitality.
Revolutions can be painful. Transforming the status quo takes courage and perseverance, and is not without risk. But as patients in the 21st century, we have a stake in this medical revolution that takes the best of science-based medicine and historical health practices and puts the power of choice back in the hands of the patients.
Join the Community Pain Center (it’s FREE) and be at the forefront of the healthcare revolution!