Tuesday, August 12, 2014
As the primary medical service flounders technology can provide a partial solution
If you live in the UK you want to see a doctor (we call them GPs) you have to make an appointment - that in itself can be a harrowing and time consuming experience - and then you will get a 10 min slot with a doctor that it is unlikely you have ever seen before - at a time the is probably not very convenient.
A lot of people find this unsatisfactory and decide to go straight to the accident and emergency at their local hospital. Not a long term solution to the problem.
This situation is only going to get worse, of that there is no doubt.
I wonder if this Doctor Online service might be part of a solution?
Clearly this is only going to be relevant to those with digital skills and money. But I think it points the way to how some people will use online medicine to supplement all of the other self diagnosis and diagnostic equipment that is going to flood pharmacies.
Bottom line, as the delivery of medical care flounders, some people, some older people, will find ways to improve their medical care by using technology.
Of course this is not a substitute for the ready access to competent medical staff but it provides a partial solution.
You can read more about it here. Dick Stroud