Decentralized Care (commonly referred to as DeCa) is a technology-based form of healthcare that does not rely on central health institutions such as hospitals, pharmaceuticals, health insurance companies, emergency health records, and other traditional health instruments, and instead uses technology to empower people to be in complete control of their own personal health.
Inspired by the emergence of DeFi (decentralized finance) in the world today, we believed that technology could be coupled with real-world elements to provide an unrivaled health experience for people across the world. Strictly speaking, if you have a health emergency you go to the hospital and the appropriate medical provider (and we STRONGLY encourage this); however, an extreme lack of care has been provided to otherwise healthy people especially those in their 20’s and 30’s.
The concept that DeFi brought into the world of finance was user control. They provided every day users with the power and control to access financial markets without the “powers that be” holding them back. This community of intelligent trailblazers built products onto the blockchain to decentralize financial markets, to radically transform them for the better. Today, healthcare is in need of the same overhaul.
Hospitals control the care. Insurance controls the access. Pharma controls the options. It’s that simple and more people are beginning to realize that it’s all one big scheme in Western Medicine. We want to make one thing clear, we are not advocating for the “burning down” of western medicine, actually quite the opposite. We are only advocating for diverting certain aspects of personal health and giving people control over it. This will in turn, free up the medical model to focus on what they are good at…emergency and chronic disease management.
We believe that putting data into the hands of people will properly equip them with all the information they need to make quality health decisions. Most people want to live a healthy life, but are either overwhelmed at the complexity of health or confused about where to even start in improving their life. What DeCa does is give all the necessary tools, education, and information to equip people to live a healthy life.
At Prototype Health, we are using the concepts of DeCa with our WellCare model. We are using the technology behind apps like Plus+ to provide 24/7 detailed insights to our patient’s health and fitness. Once people know their bodies well, they can choose the appropriate interventions to improve it. We want our patients to live a healthy life, free from worrying about things they cannot control about their health and focus on things that they can control. We believe that empowered patients, who are 100% in control of their health and the data associated with it, will create a movement that leads our country into a new age of what it means to be healthy in this country…