I think there’s a real opportunity for innovation in the field of health care, particularly for senior citizens.
Since my mom is 87, she has plenty of health-related issues. Some are worth taking her to the doctor. But not every issue warrants a visit. To me, it would make sense if I could send an email to her doctor, ask a question, and get advice or a response. It seems, however, that physicians have not been quick to embrace technology as a way to better serve their patients. And I wonder why not.
It’s only been recently that I’ve seen my primary care physician with a personalized tablet that has all my medical history on it. But for the most part, my doctors still use folders and paper. That can’t be easier to track.
In moving my mom here, we asked for her medical records to be sent by her primary care physician and the specialists she had been seeing. Guess what? They were faxed … Hundreds of pages of paper. Isn’t there a way to transfer them electronically?
It’s about time doctors and hospitals and insurers start thinking about better ways to bring medical care to the public. In fact, it could very well save time, money and resources.