The Future Of Health Care
by Valeria Leon
Earlier this summer, Forward, a new health membership, launched a new form of health care that would reinvent the doctor's office.
Former Alphabet executive Adrian Aoun, Uber executive Ilya Abyzov, and a handful of other Uber, Google, and Facebook veterans came up with the concept of creating a more affordable and modern form of medical care after a close relative of Aoun’s had a heart attack. After he realized how unnecessarily difficult healthcare systems actually were. As a result, Aoun decided to come up with an easier, more convenient, and more affordable form of health care. His idea for this new system started with an 18 foot mobile trailer in San Francisco.
The Forward office experience is unlike any other. It looks like an Apple Store with its sleek and modern design. The hospital provides patients with DKNY shirts and pants for women, and Lululemon shirts and pants for men, rather than the open backed gowns that we’ve all seen. The idea of the modern design and experience is to appeal to people and show them what healthcare should be like, and to get more people involved in their health care system by giving them an experience that will make them want to go back.
Forward has all the equipment that doctors need. Full body scanners gather diagnostics on a person's overall health and heart conditions in 45 seconds. Real time blood testing is used to screen for things like diabetes or HIV, and can give patients their results in 12 minutes. The genetic risk assessment scans for any kind of hereditary cancer syndromes to gather information about your health. Using all the data gathered from the tests and scans, top doctors from the Bay Area use the information to create a baseline health plan and make treatments if necessary.
Forward’s goal is to create affordable health care. To become a Forward member, people pay $149 a month for a private doctor, health monitoring, vaccines, medicine, and constant check ups.
Most healthcare only works when something goes wrong; Forward is trying to create a system that's able to detect and prevent problems before they can get too far. With all the success at the pop up office in San Francisco, Forward is hoping to open offices up all over the country, so everyone can get this type of health care.