Unsatisfied with healthcare services, consumers turn to one another for help
Implications - Despite global health being better than ever, many consumers are increasingly dissatisfied with the quality of publicly available healthcare services and are subsequently turning to crowdsourced ways to stay in good health. An expansion of self-diagnosing online tools, the solutions speak to those without access to or the ability to pay for healthcare and decrease dependency on it to prevent overcrowding and exhaustion.
1. Crowdsourced Health - Consumers are turning to crowdsourced ways to stay in good health.
2. Medical Crowdfunding - Crowdfunding platforms allow people to make donations to doctors in developing countries, for low-cost and low-risk medical procedures
3. Real-time Emergency Room Trackers - An interactive map helps users figure out which hospital close by will be able to see them first, based on several factors such as average wait times and distance.
4. Crowdsourced Illness-tracking Apps - Apps such as HEALTHYDAY filters local health concerns and cross-references them with localized crowdsourced data to track local spread of diseases.
1. Healthcare Industry - Influenced by trends such as Crowdsourced Health, Medical Crowdfunding and Crowdsourced Illness-Tracking Apps, the healthcare industry can explore alternate solutions for increased patient care.
2. Crowdfunding Industry - Influenced by trends such as Medical Crowdfunding, the crowdfunding industry can look into setting up more platforms that allow individuals to raise money for medical treatments, especially for those in developing countries.
3. Emergency Healthcare Industry - Influenced by the real-time Emergency Room Tracker trend, the emergency healthcare industry can develop more technology-based solutions that can help patients get emergency healthcare faster.