Health Care Change

The Pavilion will power the change in the American Health Care system!!

 

healthcarechangeA marriage of conventional Western medicine with other healing modalities, including complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), integrative medicine (IM) neither rejects conventional medicine nor uncritically embraces alternative therapies. Rather, IM can be described as a practice that picks the best and scientifically supported therapies of both systems. The Pavilion is Wellness and Sick care. Prevention is the best prescription.

Iin recent years, it has been acknowledged by health care leaders, politicians, and socioeconomic analysts alike that one major flaw of the U.S. health delivery system is its focus on acute and episodic care, an emphasis that neglects other fundamental health issues underlying the prevalence of chronic disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 70 percent of all deaths are due to chronic disease, and the cost of chronic care exceeds $1.5 trillion a year, or 75 percent of all medical expenses. Only a fraction of our budget is spent on prevention and health promotion, despite evidence that prevention can do much to reduce the burden of chronic disease.

The proposed solution? Integrative medicine. Emerging as a cost- effective remedy to the epidemic of chronic diseases that continue to tax the economy, integrative medicine is being recognized as a strategy that can patch up holes in the current health delivery system while keeping medical costs at bay. The integrative approach flips the system on its head and puts the patient at the center, addressing not just symptoms, but the real causes of illness. It is care that is preventive, predictive and personalized.

 

What is integrative medicine?

According to the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, a collaborative alliance of 46 academic health centers dedicated to the advancement of integrative health care, “integrative medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.”

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) refers to the use of nonconventional modalities and therapies, such as acupressure, or alternative medical systems, such as traditional Chinese medicine, either alongside conventional Western medicine (“complementary”) or in place of conventional Western medicine (“alternative”). To be clear, “complementary medicine” suggests the addition of other healing practices to conventional medicine, in which those modalities would otherwise only have a secondary role, while “alternative medicine” implies the use of healing practices that altogether replace conventional biomedical treatments. CAM-based therapies are traditionally excluded from conventional Western medicine, since the mechanisms underlying many are not well understood by the scientific community. Although successful clinical outcomes and insights into CAM-based therapies (such as acupuncture and nutritional supplementation, to name a few), have led to significant acceptance in the West, the mechanisms behind other nonconventional therapies remain to be better elucidated.

According to the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), what makes integrative medicine different from CAM is its synthesis of both conventional and CAM treatments “for which there is evidence of safety and effectiveness.” A marriage of conventional medicine with other healing modalities, including CAM, an integrative practice neither rejects conventional medicine nor uncritically embraces alternative therapies; rather, integrative medicine can be described as a practice that “cherry picks” the best and scientifically supported therapies of both systems. The ultimate goal: to get the patient better, through the use of safe, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible.

 The Pavilion will train patients and doctors

The Pavilion Science center will be a place for patients to educate themselves on IM. It will be a place for CAM practitioners to interact with other vendors and potential clients. The Pavilion’s pyramid shape will have healing effects. From the moment people walk in the healing process begins.