This post is part of our new Healthcare Influencer series in which we interview the world's leading experts to get their take on the state of the industry, the top trends to watch for, and what the future holds.
1. How has the healthcare industry evolved in the past 5 years?
DU: Over the past five years, the healthcare industry finally realized that it needed to change. But it still lags behind every other major sector in terms of true innovation. We’re seeing interesting advances in terms of data collection, but we have yet to see effective adoption of electronic medical records across health systems. At a time when innovation is growing rapidly in the U.S., healthcare still poses a paradox as the largest industry in the nation, but the slowest to respond to innovation. We need the industry to accelerate the pace of implementing those innovations to the benefit of patients everywhere.
2. What are the top healthcare-related technology trends you're seeing?
DU: The quantified self movement has led to a shift in people using self-tracking through technology to improve their health. More and more people are taking ownership of their own healthcare.
At Pelotonia, we recently launched PULLL, a free fundraising app that allows users to generate funds for transformational cancer research through exercise – cycling, running and walking. By introducing a community and a cause to fitness tracking technology, Pelotonia believes it can change the health outcomes for those with cancer and improve the health of PULLL users. And PULLL allows Pelotonia to expand its efforts to mobilize purpose-driven communities and create a healthier world in which we are all empowered to live our best lives.
3. What's the future of Healthcare?
DU: I believe the future of healthcare should focus on health and wellness instead of illness and sickness.
✅ We should be empowering people to take charge of their own health and health care and encourage daily, incremental improvements that lead to transformational change.
If we can use our smartphones to manage our daily lives, we should be able to use them to manage our health care. As a three-time cancer survivor, I know all-too-well the precious time patients lose filling out the same information over-and-over on paper records when there are so many other ways people would rather be using their time. It’s especially frustrating when the technology exists, but it hasn’t reached the right places or been used for maximum benefit. We need existing technologies and the relevant resources to reach all people – regardless of whether or not they have access to a smartphone.
I am encouraged to see the world’s biggest tech firms stepping up to fill the many needs of the industry and hope they will succeed in helping healthcare achieve a long overdue transformation.
About Doug Ulman
Doug Ulman is the President & CEO of Pelotonia, which was established in 2008 with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. Prior to joining Pelotonia, Doug led the LIVESTRONG Foundation and, with his family, founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Doug has been honored with many accolades including twice being named on the Non-Profit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50 Non-Profit Executives list, and he was named CEO of the Year by Columbus CEO Magazine in 2017. Doug is a three-time cancer survivor, globally recognized cancer advocate and one of the country’s most dynamic, inspirational young executives.