- People with cancer, heart, lung, kidney diseases
- People with any other chronic or complex illness
- People with a sudden and unexpected traumatic injury
- People with a critical illness
- People planning ahead for their care needs
Imagine you are diagnosed with cancer.
After seeing your doctors, you are likely to have many unanswered questions at a time of great stress and uncertainty. You might discuss your diagnosis with family and friends. You might also research your diagnosis and treatment options online. Depending on the stage of cancer, you may also need to think about issues you have never had to think much about, including getting your affairs in order. In situations like this, you could use a steady hand.
As an eligible patient or employee member of Curadux, you should already have access to a code, often included in a brochure or other material, which you simply input on our homepage to create your account. You could also have a family member, caregiver, or nurse liaison do this on your behalf.
First, you complete your personal health story, which will help deliver prioritized information to your caregivers and medical team. Second, you would self-schedule a meeting with a Care Guide.
In your first meeting, held via video conference, your Care Guide would set about to fully understand your situation, get to know you, and listen to you. The Care Guide would learn what your doctors had recommended and would discuss treatment options with you. You could invite your family members, medical professionals, or other advisors and friends — from anywhere in the world — to be on these video conferences with you.
Your Care Guide would explain in simple language whatever you wanted to know more about. They would talk to you about your fears. They would tell you about the reality of what would happen with each treatment option. They could educate you about the side effects of different drugs. They would suggest follow-up questions to ask your doctors.
Note that your Care Guide, although a seasoned physician, would not take the place of your doctors, nor would he or she be practicing medicine. Care Guides also do not advise you on your medical condition. They are solely focused on ensuring you get the quality and amount of care you actually want.
“Health” is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and accordingly, “healthcare” is the culmination of decisions and actions which deal with illness in a way that allows people to get the most out of life, on their terms.
For a variety of reasons, primary care physicians aren’t always able to spend the time with you that you would like. In addition, if you’re seeing more than one doctor, your health records and medications might be uncoordinated. This is often referred to as “fragmentation.” The result is that decision-making falls on your shoulders, and your family’s shoulders, and you are already overwhelmed by having to deal with your illness. The Care Guide removes the enormous stress that comes with not knowing which way to turn. They integrate information coming from numerous sources, they help you figure out what’s most important, and guide you towards care that is best for you and your life goals.
That’s right — your Care Guide is not practicing medicine. However, your Care Guide uses his or her experience to make sure the pertinent facts about you are integrated, and that you fully understand the implications of the options presented by your medical team. Your Care Guide will answer your questions, they might propose questions for you to ask your doctors about, or they may even speak directly to your doctors, if you prefer. Care Guides have a physician’s brain and also a patient’s heart to assure that the care you receive is aligned with your values and goals.
The Health Story is a short, organized summary of your health status. It serves as the basis for your unique plan for wellness.
In addition to your health history, current diagnoses, medications, and any proposed treatments, the Health Story includes information about familial, cultural and social aspects of your life that might affect your health and well-being. It is a holistic view of who you are.
Even if you don’t currently have a serious health situation, putting a Health Story in place is a worthwhile thing to do. Should a health event occur in the future, you would be ahead of the game.
You are invited to upload X-rays, test results, and other documents which help fill out the picture of your health. Anyone who desires may also keep their advance directives and durable power of attorney right alongside their Health Story in the Curadux app.
In addition to having strong clinical skills and broad experience, our Care Guides importantly connect with what they see as a worthy cause — helping individuals get just the kind and amount of care they need and desire when facing illness. For Care Guides, it’s about returning to the primary reason they entered medicine — to care for unique individuals in challenging times.
Our Care Guides have a range of backgrounds. Some come from a critical care background, others from pain medicine, and others from internal medicine for example. Their rich careers have afforded them relevant experience dealing with a broad range of issues. Many of them have experienced complex illness situations of their own, allowing them to understand very well the plight of patients in the midst of healthcare challenges.
Care Guides hold no preconceived notions about your treatment options. Each situation is unique, and the Care Guides blend their physician brain with their patient heart to advocate for for what is best for you. If you are receiving care that is inconsistent with your goals, we help you figure out what to do to change that. In every situation, our Member or the Member’s family/caregiver has their hands on the controls; we merely provide relevant information to help you make well-informed decisions.
The Curadux app is available anytime on-demand. You may also self-schedule a Care Guide meeting via the app at anytime. Care Guide meetings are held during normal business hours.
Curadux is unique in three important ways:
1. Curadux Care Guides are senior physicians who are able to draw on their wide breadth of experience to assess your information and then very quickly hone in on what matters most.
2. Curadux encourages introspection about the Member’s goals and values, and keeps decisions focused there.
3. Curadux provides you direct access to a Care Guide via the Curadux app.
Dr. David L. Brown founded the company in 2016, shortly after recovering from his own life-threatening illness. What he came to understand more clearly as a patient himself was how the ill individual was so often forced to fit into established algorithms and protocols, rather than be allowed to make decisions that addressed their own goals and preferences.
Dr. Brown practiced medicine and held senior leadership positions for more than 35 years in some of the world’s most renowned medical establishments, including Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, and University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center.
The latin words, “cura” and “dux”, mean “care guide” in English.