With much detail, Stephanie Simon in The Wall Street Journal takes a look at ‘Medicine on the Move’. After an attention-getting but straw mannish start (how many physicians other than Dr. Eric Topol and who aren’t top cardiologists are going to tote about $8,000 Vscans rather than stethoscopes?), it’s a quick look at Docvia’s‘ invisible bracelet’ with a text code for ID-ing in emergencies, GlobalMedia’s telemedicine system for EMS ambulances, Mobile MIM’s iPhone/iPad scan viewing app, AirStripOB, EverOn’s mattress sensor for continuous monitoring of ICU patients, Sotera Wireless’ wristbands and even AT&T’s experimental slippers. So with all this monitoring, will we become a nation of ‘cyberchondriacs’ as Dr. Topol jokes? But that assumes that information magically induces action…and the even longer leap to data replacing the face-to-face doctor visit. David Doherty positions the opportunity more aptly in his article commentary: to ‘enable that face-to-face visit to be more timely, effective and convenient’ and ‘the biggest opportunity to practice safer, more effective care’. 3GDoctor
love the wall street article, real future Friday material.
However the vision in David’s article that we can upload our medical histories and have a whole new relationship with our GP, just seems like a bridge too far. I hope David can prove me wrong!
Further to my response over on my blog: http://bit.ly/hedrh1
1) I’m not suggesting patients upload their medical histories, rather select answers to an intelligent interactive questionnaire. There is a big difference between the two.
2) In the above link I point to a lecture by Dr John Bachman of the Mayo Clinic. In his published research (involving >4000 patients) he has shown that as opposed to being a “bridge too far” this proven tool made 40% of “office visits unnecessary”:
Now thats some Friday material for you!