Dr. Bill Kapp, CEO and Founder of Fountain Life, speaks with Phanii Pydimarri, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Enterprise Data and Analytics, at Healthcare Service Corporation, in a video interview about making healthcare proactive, utilizing technology to promote precision wellness, the growth of wellness real estate, preventive healthcare programs, and acquiring knowledge about the latest in healthcare through the Fountain life website.
Kapp begins by sharing that in the recent past, high-end residential communities approached Fountain Life as they wanted to offer an additional wellness benefit to their population. This dovetailed with the mission of Fountain Life to make healthcare proactive and move it into people's homes. Ultimately, he believes that the four walls of a doctor's office will dematerialize into the four walls of one’s home.
Further, Kapp shares that Chad Magleby, CEO of Magleby Development Corporation, was interested in embedding Fountain Life into the community to offer its services at no additional cost to the homeowners. He elaborates that this would be a different model, since generally, healthcare is paid by insurance companies.
However, Kapp suggests that if one pays for wellness and diagnostic services on the front end, they may not need their health insurance at all on the back end. This presents a symbiotic relationship and allows precision wellness to be projected into the home which has never been done before.
In continuation, Kapp states that, with modern technology, stakeholders can measure sleep cycles, ambient lighting, circadian rhythm, food sources, microbiome, and other factors within a wellness environment. This has contributed to the rise of wellness real estate in the last six to twelve months, as developers are now able to substantially raise prices (25-50%) and create environments enhanced by scientifically-driven wellness programs.
Kapp believes that utilizing gyms and spas are useful tools in Wellness Care programs, but emphasizes that one must measure the baseline to determine if treatments are effective. He explains that without analysis, one cannot know if red light therapy or stress reduction is working, or if their microbiome is improving. Kapp suggests a plant-based diet as one method to modify the microbiome but advises taking a different approach if it does not produce the desired results.
He adds that the current healthcare system pays for a person to be treated after they become sick as opposed to keeping them healthy. Therefore, Kapp feels it is essential for individuals, businesses, and governments to invest in their own healthcare and build a system that surpasses the current state.
Furthermore, he believes that a digital platform should be in place where people can schedule their own MRIs and CCTAs at a fixed facility and everything else can be done remotely. This will enable the AI to guide individuals on their health and ultimately result in better outcomes.
Elaborating further, Kapp states that the current healthcare system spends US$4.5 trillion and is known to have some of the worst outcomes in the world. To avoid this, preventive care should be put in place instead of waiting until a person becomes symptomatic.
By using the airline industry analogy, he explains how the use of sensor technology, preventive maintenance programs, and the presence of trained pilots has allowed people to trust that they will arrive at their destination safely.
Dr. Bill Kapp | CEO and Founder of Fountain Life
Kapp believes that it is possible to lower healthcare costs in the country by over half and that with existing knowledge there is no reason why people cannot remain healthy until the age of 98.
Nevertheless, the system is still failing to inform people that it is possible to reverse certain illnesses, such as heart disease and insulin-dependent diabetes. Only 25% of medical schools teach nutrition, as medical professionals are trained to address emergencies rather than keeping people healthy.
When asked about Fountain Life’s best initiatives, Kapp provides three programs that anyone can take advantage of without insurance. The first program is a Snapshot or Precision Diagnostics which gives a quick snapshot at the lowest cost.
Next is the APEX program is for those wanting a full assessment and a one-year follow-up with a healthcare team to optimize their health. Further, those who qualify can pursue the most expensive program, EDGE, which involves regenerative technologies and stem cell therapies.
Highlighting what is next in line, Kapp states that Fountain Life has multiple initiatives in the United States, India, the Middle East, Mexico, and Canada. He informs that Dr. BK Modi is a partner in India helping build the Mountain Life Center in Rishikesh and several other locations.
In conclusion, Kapp urges people to take a proactive approach and become CEO of their health. He advises them to not be passive with their doctor and to ask a lot of questions. Kapp states that although technology is making a big difference, its accuracy is not one hundred percent yet and there are numerous other ways to get information today.
CDO Magazine appreciates Dr. Bill Kapp for sharing his invaluable insights with our global community.