For several years now, virtual medicine has been starting to meet the primary care needs of remote, rural, and underserved communities.
But now it may also be an efficient alternative to in person treatment of basic medical problems.
Several companies are hosting online doctor visits where physicians and patients interact by phone or the Web.
The appointment proceeds similarly to how a face-to-face visit works: the patient describes symptoms and the doctor creates a prescription.
The big difference is that there’s no wait time, no travel involved, and visits can be completed within 15 minutes.
But are such visits getting everything done that an in-person experience needs to? Continue reading “Are Virtual Visits More Efficient?”
The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates that within the next six years, the U.S. will face a shortage of more than 90,000 physicians.
What’s more, that figure is expected to climb to 130,000 by 2025.
Here’s a look at five ways we might be able to cope with 90,000 fewer MDs than we thought we needed in the next few years:
1. Use remote medicine
Telehealth (or telemedicine) is being touted as one potential means of coping with the expected physician shortage.
Health monitoring equipment with web-based applications allows people to receive care from the comfort of their own homes, reducing doctor visits and patient expenses by linking people in remote areas to doctors in larger centers.
This can cut travel time and costs for patients by up to 58%, according to a study published in Telemedicine Journal and e-Health. Continue reading “5 Ways We Can Cope With a 90,000-Doctor Shortage by 2020”
About 5 years ago, I looked at the rainbow strands of light below and wondered if I was seeing some sort of digital art.
What I was actually seeing was a map of someone’s brain, made with a Siemens Magnetom Allegra 3-Tesla scanner at Massachusetts General Hospital.
By imaging the mobility of water molecules, the brilliant strands here showed nerve pathways – essentially a wiring diagram of a thought…maybe even a feeling. Continue reading “9 People Who Have Turned Medical Imaging Into Art”
It’s been years since the Da Vinci surgical robot unwittingly morphed from a great hope for telesurgery to a semi-common tool for doctors to do ultra-precise surgeries with their hands on the controls in the next room. In the last 5 years, we’ve seen such robots perform prostate surgery, lace a football, make a paper airplane and even peeling a grape.
Here are eight promising robots that may soon be commonplace thanks to the amazing benefits they offer: Continue reading “8 Promising New Surgical Robots (and 2 Non-Surgical Ones)”
Would you want a robot dispensing drugs for you and your patients? Odds are, that’s long since been the case, to one extent or another:
Robotics have been used to help dispense medication in some pharmacies since the 1990s and robots for delivering medication have been used in hospitals for a decade.
And even before that, machines have been used for decades to count pills for dispensing – Such technology is now the standard in more than 30,000 pharmacies worldwide.
But will technology ever replace pharmacists completely? Continue reading “Why Automated Pharmacies Will Never Replace Pharmacists”
As academics, industrial designers, futurists, and researchers will tell you, science-fiction has played more than a passing role in informing real life technology. Continue reading “Five 23rd Century Health Technologies We Already Have (And Two We Never Will)”