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05-17-2011, 04:05 PM #1
iPhones, iPads May Soon Replace the Doctor's Waiting Room
A visit to the doctor is about to become a digital experience. And it wouldn't be possible to the extent you're likely to experience without the dawn of Apple's iDevices. The mHealth industry is not only booming, it's effectively poised to change the way we receive healthcare.
Later this summer, healthcare company Teladoc will release new iPhone and iPad apps that makee physician consultations possible via FaceTime video conferencing. Sound crazy? Maybe a little. But there's already a tangible demand for at-home doctor consultations via the web. During the last eight years, Teladoc has facilitated some 80,000 patient/doctor consultations, either via webcam or telephone.
According to Teladoc, the typical appointment lasts 12 minutes. Appointments are available on-demand 24/7 and can usually commence after no longer than 20 minutes in a digital waiting room of sorts. Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic says that the forthcoming Facetime consultations will only occur with licensed physicians for the care of “routine medical issues.”
Teladoc says on its website that it "charges the credit card you provided when requesting your consultation or your billing information on file." You can request a receipt for deductibles or reimbursement, they say, and the doctor updates your HIPAA-compliant EHR based upon the consultation. "Teladoc is a qualified expense for HSA, FSA and HRA accounts," according to their website.
So will it catch on? Would you utilize a digital platform for a physician's care, especially if it meant reducing your exposure to other possibly infectious illnesses in the hospital or doctor's office? For some, this is a no-brainer. For others, it's an awkward, futuristic service that won't resonate. But the mHealth industry is banking on a rapid adoption of similar services and technologies - even those that are still too futuristic for most to embrace.
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05-17-2011, 04:14 PM #2
05-17-2011, 04:15 PM #3
I would def do this!! A routine appt with my GP is... drive 30 mins to the Dr...show up on time.. wait in the waiting room 30 mins... wait in the exam room another 30 mins after the nurse talks to me... 15 mins with the Dr... drive 30 mins back home/office. It's a huge pain in the butt.
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05-17-2011, 04:38 PM #4
I think it is extremely smart
05-17-2011, 04:49 PM #5
05-17-2011, 05:20 PM #6
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05-17-2011, 05:25 PM #7
Speaking of smart... Make has only one "e"
05-17-2011, 05:26 PM #8
As a nurse I would of loved to have been able to "see" my pt. over a teleconference. In the Army I would typically see the same over weight army wife dragging her 5 kids along coming in to be seen for a cold that she could of taken care of by spending tree fiddy at the PX for some cold medicine. Then of course we would see her the next 5 days for each one of her kids to be seen for the same problem.
I think this is a good idea in some cases but can see a lot of Dr's being afraid to use this due to the idiotic fever in which your average dipshit American likes to sue any and every one.
Of course the line "And it wouldn't be possible to the extent you're likely to experience without the dawn of Apple's iDevices." is a total joke because teleconference has been around for a hell of a lot longer than i devices.... Mobiledia really needs to check their idiocy.
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05-17-2011, 06:15 PM #9
Good idea, probably not ready for everybody. It would be great to have this service with the doctor that I have now who has seen me in person. What about insurance, what will it cost?
05-17-2011, 06:29 PM #10
Now I see that this is a great idea, because people who go to the doctor for something small can get mire sick from the other people waiting for the dr., so this would keep the risk of contamination down while still giving help for seemingly small things. But the downfall of this is the lack of thoroughness and depth in a diagnosis over video communication.
05-17-2011, 06:42 PM #11
It's unwise to treat medical conditions without physically seeing the patient.
What the patient thinks is a "routine medical issue" could in fact be something very serious. Likewise, a doctor is much more likely to miss critical clues if they are attempting to diagnose a patient via video feed.
An app like this will never "replace the doctor's waiting room."
It's like when the maker of the Segway said his invention would "change cities." It didn't.
Like the Segway, this is a niche concept unlikely to gain wide adoption.
05-17-2011, 06:49 PM #12
Although this may not replace initial diagnosis visits, it will make follow up consultations, explanations about lab work, etc much more convenient.
Pretty cool I think if it becomes more widely utilized.
05-17-2011, 07:02 PM #13
When technology is put to good use it makes the world a better place, not by a lot but it's something to start with."You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not"
05-17-2011, 07:06 PM #14
05-17-2011, 08:40 PM #15
Anyway, I really like this idea. It wouldn't work with serious illnesses, but for things such as the common cold, it would be really nice. I.E. A patient doesn't have to get out of bed to see the doctor... They just need to have their iPhone take their vitals... Very possible by the way!
05-17-2011, 10:38 PM #16
05-18-2011, 06:13 AM #17
I've been waiting for this forever. Can't believe it's taken this long! Would be so easy to show a Dr. your problem area and have them send in a prescription for you without needing to be there... Next step... thermometer device that plugs into the headphone jack. Patent Pending. I want my royalties.
05-18-2011, 08:28 AM #18
Huge gas saver it's a great idealApple needs to add flash to the iphone!!
05-18-2011, 09:26 AM #19
This could be useful in some circumstances, it could save a lot of time for both the doctor and patient.
05-19-2011, 01:30 PM #20
Right now, im actually at the doctors office where I've been sitting in the waiting room for over an hour to be seen. If I could be working and just "wait" in a digital que, I would be far less frustrated...