New companies are going around the traditional “front door” of FDA approval, insurers and healthcare institutions by launching ‘Healthcare 2.0’ companies that target consumers and self-insured employers, upending the health sector through the use of innovative digital and social technologies.
With a $500 dermscope addition you can check yourself for cancer.
Many groups see google glass as an opportunity to provide the clinician an additional channel to review patient information, however, a greater benefit is adding a remote physician into the room with the patient. It might be the new telemedicine disrupter.
While the “Dangers of do-it yourself telemedicine” are not really dangers (article below), they should be considered challenges to building a reliable system. When starting a new project (or upgrading an old) it is always advisable to bring in outside talent to assist with reviewing the options.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has decided to try some “disruptive technology” in their ED by using Google Glass as a telepresence platform. This might be a better way for multiple clinicians to interact with the patient. Trying to maneuver around robots, carts, and cameras can be “disruptive” to practicing medicine.
iRobot is offering a new “drivable cart” as a high-end telepresence option. At close to $70k you can either buy (or lease for $2.5k/month) one of these, or 10 carts from DoubleRobotics or VGo).
Interesting read on NPR about the move away from PowerPoint. PowerPoint was first pushed on me back in 1987 by an ex Microsoft employee who wanted to use everything MS. Over the years it has proved useful in many instances but it always seemed like “Cliff Notes” – Great if you want to skim over the material.