I remember it was November of 1995 when I got the call from the People Magazine Miami Bureau Chief to skip my next few days of class, trek down from Gainesville to South Florida and assist them on a story. I was finishing up my last semester in college after interning at the popular national magazine the summer prior.
It was summer evening as I made my way home on a one-lane road as radio hummed in the background. As the host attributed the last song to a duo of brothers, my three-year-old daughter riding in the back seat asked what he had said. I told her that it was about two brothers – boys – singing. She said matter-of-factly in Spanish, “oh, falta una niña (they are missing a girl).” I laughed and thought, what an interesting and logical observation. According to Isabella, there should always be a girl involved in some way -- no matter what the situation.
If you want to see what role technology will play in the future of healthcare, look no further than the Hispanic market. This is where the U.S. demographic shift meets the great technological shift. Hispanics not only represent future growth and innovation for the healthcare industry, they’re outpacing the rest of the country as early adopters of new technology and changing the very way that healthcare is being accessed. From smartphones and social media to their local pharmacist and retail outlets, Hispanics are skipping the doctor and getting their medical advice elsewhere – hoping to save themselves and their families big money in the process.
Growing up, I had never really encountered anyone with a mental illness. Yes, there were people in the family who were a bit eccentric but no one had ever been diagnosed with anything specific.