14.03.2019 | Reading time: 6 Minuten

Health maintenance vs. disease management

Do you know the key to enduring health – or in simpler terms, how to stay healthy?

In everyday life, both public and private, as well as in the medical sector, the focus is normally on the illness. How can we cure it, how can we deal with it, how does it limit our ability to live a normal life. This approach reminds one of a repair workshop. When something gets broken, fix it, or replace it or, as a last resort, throw it away. Repairing things is essentially a good idea, but wouldn’t it be much better to reduce wear and tear and stop things from breaking down in the first place?

Dr. med. Jens Härtel being interviewed

In industry, for example in the automobile, aeronautics or manufacturing industries, systematic and continuous investment in the maintenance of machines and transport equipment is taken for granted. But what’s the situation in the healthcare industry?

In most cases, we don’t start bothering about our health until we experience some kind of symptoms or until the disease has become evident, instead of systematically minimising health risks at an early stage. We should identify those factors in our daily lives that contribute to possible illnesses and find out how we can counteract these in a positive way. That is what keeping healthy is all about.

Health maintenance, both in detail and in general 

Personally, when I think about keeping healthy, I think of a society which is not only focussed on treating diseases but which takes a holistic approach, looking at the individual in the context of his or her day-to-day life. I see healthy people and chronically sick people who are no longer reduced simply to their illness or their subjective health condition.

Don’t we all want to live a happy and carefree life? For my part, I exercise, pay attention to what I buy and eat a healthy diet. This means that I, like millions of other people, pay attention to those factors which make me less prone to disease and which help me stay healthy. Nevertheless, I cannot say precisely what effect each of these factors has on my health and what consequences my behaviour has in this respect, either. So what exactly does make the important difference?

In cooperation with scientific partners and using an evidence-based approach, Vilua has committed itself to finding out what factors do actually help individuals to stay  healthy.

Dr. med. Jens Härtel 

Acquire – assess – advise

At Vilua, we focus not on illnesses, but on life before, during and after an illness – on helping people to stay healthy instead of waiting until they actually become ill.

The CareCenter is our solution. It serves as a link between health and illness. At the CareCenter, people are observed and examined from many different perspectives and their condition is recorded, measured and analysed as comprehensively as possible in order to provide the best possible advice. One essential aspect of our work is to acquire and amalgamate health data at a much earlier stage. Comparative anonymised data records help us to detect new factual relationships and, supported by AI, to identify indicators which can help people to stay healthy. Our mission is to regard the human individual as a whole, offer comprehensive check-ups and give individual and evidence-based advice on the basis of the data acquired. This creates the actual added value – both for the individual as well as for society.

Giving health a new meaning 

Of course people will continue to fall ill. The doctor continues to play a legitimate role in our society. Nevertheless, our social and healthcare systems are facing a major transition: from a system which combats disease to one which seeks to maintain health. The profession of physician will increasingly change to that of a health guide who identifies individual ways of remaining healthy but also applies necessary therapies as usual, however at a much earlier stage, and then follows up this treatment.

The potential of a health maintenance economy is at least as large as the costs of the current system. Investments made at an early stage in people’s health will soon bring noticeable sustainable success, and high ensuing costs will be avoided. I see Vilua as a vanguard in this new movement. With our competencies und solutions, we always regard the human being as a whole. Vilua will give health a new meaning.

Find out more about health maintenance at Vilua