Wednesday, February 1

Evidence-Based Wellness Emerges as an Industry

The ultimate goal for doctors, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, insurance companies and other health-care organizations is to help each of us lead a longer, healthier life. But at present, incentives in the industry put too much emphasis on treatment and not enough on wellness and prevention. Only about 3 percent of the $4 trillion spent by the U.S. medical industry is currently spent on prevention.

Recent advances in scientific wellness offer a way to extract more benefits from this investment. But science alone isn’t enough. Delivering targeted interventions that extend the health-span—the number of years a person lives in good health—of millions of people requires translating scientific discoveries into a wellness industry.

Read the article at Scientific American