Indian Country faces many severe healthcare challenges. The vast majority of existing care does not meet the level of quality that Indian Country requires. Federal government appropriations cover approximately 50 to 60 percent of actual need within most Tribal communities. The technological needs of Tribes far outpace existing capabilities. And, more critical specialty healthcare services must be available at local Tribal facilities.
The current Indian Health Service (IHS) model is based on an outdated system that is decades old. Advancements in specialty care, surgery, diagnostics and more have lead to a far more robust and complex healthcare delivery system that is poorly suited for historical delivery models. Consequently, we believe that the model is beyond repair and must be replaced with a system specifically designed for current and future clinical and population needs.
Gen7 has taken a green-field approach to developing a new model for Tribes to meet the rapidly evolving needs of healthcare in the 21st century. Under the Gen7 model each Tribe can utilize current facilities, expand specialty care, implement state of the art technology, develop a robust physician to physician telemedicine program and utilize the resources of nationally known research and university hospital systems through partnerships with these entities.
Utilizing the Gen7 model Tribes can define the future of healthcare for their Native people, their surrounding communities and ultimately much of rural America. The Gen7 model is designed to work with existing IHS funding and enhance it through revenue expansion, cost efficiencies and much broader coverage for Tribal members.
The question that we want every Tribe to ask themselves is “are we providing the best healthcare for our people; if not, how can we”?