Regenerative Medicine is about helping the body heal itself. That is, giving the body what it needs to do, or should do, naturally. We used to view Regenerative Medicine as the future of medicine. This view is wrong. Regenerative Medicine is medicine in the present. And it is guiding the way to how we will receive, use, and practice medicine for the next 50 years.
Contrary to popular belief, more and better technology is not necessarily the answer to health care issues. Yes, technology continues to offer more and better tools, but technology by itself is not going to provide better health care.
It is through relationships that physicians help patients understand, manage, protect, and better their health. Healthcare and the practice of medicine will only be disrupted when a platform uses technology to enhance the patient-physician relationship. If someone were to develop a platform that compensates based on this relationship, that person would change the world.
It is important to note that the regenerative medicine physician of the 21st Century is not necessarily the surgeon. The regenerative medicine physician is the physician who is, or who can become, adept at helping their patients understand, manage, protect, and better their health. The regenerative medicine physician is the one who knows how to manage relationships with the key stakeholders in the patient’s health. The best regenerative medicine physicians of the 21st Century will use the regenerative health management process.
In a future post, I’ll discuss Regenerative Health Management and why it is so important for the advancement of both Regernative Medicine for the patient and the quality of life for the physician.