So what should we focus on to reduce wasteful spending while improving the quality of care? Early intervention. Detecting patient predisposition to diseases, monitoring for early signs of disease onset, and proactively altering lifestyle choices can keep patients out of hospitals.
I spoke with Michael Snyder, PhD, Director of Stanford University’s Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, who has proven this theory. Through constant monitoring and analysis of his own body, he discovered his DNA held a predisposition to diabetes despite his doctor saying otherwise. Tests eventually confirmed the disease, but Dr. Snyder was able to reduce his glucose levels to normal within nine months through diet and exercise improvements.