At many times, business and healthcare may seem to carry opposing ideologies. Broadly, the business field is stigmatized as functioning with the sole goal of earning money; this, of course, is an incorrect stigma, and one that is true only in businesses operating with ulterior motives. Healthcare, on the other hand, is viewed as mainly a system focused on social purpose and helping individuals. However, the two share a surprising amount of overlap in values when they are run properly and successfully.
Creativity sits at the focal point at the overlap between the two. It is imperative to be creative when considering possible diagnoses or treatment plans for those who have symptoms that do not necessarily line up with a textbook definition. This applies to business as well, as so often enterprises are faced with the need to evolve as a product of changing times and requirements. The ability to think outside of the box is imperative to be both a successful healthcare professional and entrepreneur.
In that vein, it is necessary to thwart the idea that business and healthcare are separate, or even that their intersection is problematic or harmful. As previously mentioned, business is so often associated with capital and earning money. This is, however, rarely true in a good and humanitarian business model, and should in no way be true when referring to a business providing medical solutions. A good business model, especially when in the healthcare industry, should focus on providing options for the best possible value; they should focus on adding value to an individual’s quality of life, and not just senselessly selling. This prospect of value is the driver between both of these fields. The medical world aims to add value to an individual’s life and improve their quality of health through treatment options, as does the business world in varying modes.
In addition to creativity and the goal of providing the best value possible, a significant trait that the two fields share is the need to keep advancing and innovating. This is demonstrated by many companies that sell healthcare equipment and mobility aids. They work to find solutions and better ways to aid the mobility of their clients and thus present them with the best equipment possible. This is also noticeable in the pharmaceutical industry, specifically how scientists in conjunction with corporations have been able to test and provide more effective drugs with every passing year.
These shared qualities between medicine and business not only demonstrate their similarities but how the two can work in conjunction to provide the best medical solutions possible and continue to help the safety and wellbeing of individuals. At the ideal intersection of these two, individuals seeking medical help can receive correct diagnoses, then receive the best value possible from treatment options available to them, while also being aware of continual medical advancements available to improve their condition.