Of 8 billion people on the planet, fewer than 2 billion have access to any form of real care.
Healthcare is 20% of GDP in the United States. Yes, 20% of your paycheck goes to a broken healthcare system, and it’s doubling every 10 years.
Despite having created rockets to travel to other planets and AIs that can pass for humans, life expectancy over the last 1,000 years has barely changed.
It’s time we demand more.
Consider your smartphone. It scales to billions. It has millions of apps that get better every day. And it’s built on hardware and software, so it takes advantage of Moore’s law and gets cheaper over time.
At Forward, we believe in one key insight that nobody else believes: that healthcare must be rebuilt on hardware and software rails in order to turn it from a service into a product.
We started with high-tech doctor's offices across the U.S. But these are a stepping stone. We learn from what happens inside of them and migrate work into automation, hardware sensors, and our mobile app, freeing up time from our doctors and nurses and lowering the cost of care.
Attaching health insurance to employers was a mistake. The average person is in their job for two years, which means that insurance doesn’t want to spend money preventing issues like cancer and heart disease which won’t kill you for decades to come. Instead, they focus on colds, flus, and rashes.
Our country has created a healthcare system focused on keeping you at work, not keeping you alive. Instead, you should be the customer, nobody else. Success should be measured by keeping you alive, not billing you more.
We’re either going to rebuild healthcare for the entire planet or we’re going to leave a crater of destruction in our path to do so. There’s no middle ground for us. The existing system has to go.
We’re not a company with a mission attached, we’re a mission with a company attached. If we learn tomorrow that the best way to get healthcare to a billion people is to crash the company, that’s what we’ll do. We’re here for the mission, not the dollar.