iDoctor: The Future of Medicine?
There’s no doubt in my mind that the medical world is changing, and I think that’s a good thing. We all know that medical costs are skyrocketing, and it’s only a matter of time until things (must) change.
Today’s physicians are working harder than ever before, yet getting paid less than ever before. Because they aren’t getting reimbursed from the insurance provider like they once did, they need to see more patients per day to offset the expense. You, the patient, see less of your doctor and are continually frustrated when he or she doesn’t have time to answer all of your questions. And trust me, I’ve talked to enough physicians to know that they’re frustrated they can’t answer all of your questions. For a lot of physicians, continuing in this current model just doesn’t make sense. More and more of them are going to a concierge model like we have at Egoscue: You pay for “treatment” up-front, and if you want to try filing with your insurance provider after the fact, you can.
For one physician in San Diego, he’s working to help decrease costs while simultaneously enhancing the patient experience. He’s using his iPhone to run common tests that would cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, and he’s also letting you play a vital role in the appointment. How cools is that? He’s bringing you along for the ride, and it’s not nearly as costly!
Everything this physician is doing is described in the video below (video will play on NBCNews.com). It blew my mind, and gave me hope that we might, one day, work our way out of this mess!
QUESTION: What are your thoughts about using an iPhone or other mobile/handheld devise to track your medical conditions?