Your doctor is overwhelmed, and you can help

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is featured in this 5:17 min video by ForbesAccording to Dr. Soon-Shiong, your doctor is overwhelmed and forced to specialize, just to keep up with the amount of published information from medical and scientific discovery. Just last year more new scientific information was created than in all of previous history combined.

What does that mean for us as patients? It means we must help them out and become a partner in our own health care. It means we must take a much more active role in maintaining our own wellness and understanding what’s going on with our bodies so we can together identify the most appropriate treatment plans for any ills and injuries. It also means we can help research new drugs, procedures, technologies, and preventive measures, even if we lack the medical training of a doctor. After all, we have much more at stake than they do and are more in touch with how we feel. It is, after all, our lives at stake.

The recorded interview below discusses healthcare reform and how to provide quality patient-centric health care from a cost standpoint.

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is on the Forbes list of the 400 Richest People in America. He’s a physician, surgeon and CEO of Abraxis BioScience (now a Celgene subsidiary). He delivered the CTIA 2011 keynote where he outlined a vision of how wireless technologies will transform the entire spectrum of health care, from genomic analysis and prediction to in-home monitoring of chronic illness.