All too often we see patients walk out of a doctor’s appointment (if they can afford one) with a prescription, but without lasting, continuous support for their symptoms, conditions and concerns. We know personally, and through loved ones, that chronic conditions are increasingly common, yet medical professionals are increasingly limited in being able to dedicate the appropriate time and energy to individual patients. As medical professionals and technologists we thought, ‘there must be a better way’, and so we set out to address the problem.
Through our journey we’ve found that chronic condition care has the potential to be personalized, holistic and communicated more simply, taking the burden of care off of the patient and increasing the patient support net and make space to effectively address symptoms as well as underlying causes. Nowhere is this lack of guidance more pronounced than in the emerging field of cannabis medicine, a specialty with limited standardization or universal protocols.
Some reasons why we exist:
- Millions of Americans suffer from chronic conditions and pain every day. The cost of healthcare and current infrastructure prohibits most of these people from getting the care that they need.
- Patients often feel estranged from their medical provider and their treatment plan because of lack of ongoing contact, guidance, compassion and education. This lack of contact results in an unsupportive healthcare ecosystem.
- When patients receive a treatment prescription, whether it be a pharmaceutical product, dietary change, or activity recommendation, there is rarely the follow up and tracking that is needed to gauge the success of the prescription and improve the treatment outcome.