How Digital Checkups Provide Better Patient Care [Future of Health]
New technologies are making doctor's visits more regular, convenient and personal, all from the comfort of your couch.
Sitting quietly in a waiting room, speaking quickly with a doctor whose schedule is full of other needy patients, taking a prescription back to the front desk and making another appointment in six months; a scenario is familiar to millions around the world who are able to afford healthcare. Still, this model severely constrains patient-doctor interactions, which not only limits the topics of conversation but also their depth, leaving patients with questions about their diagnosis and treatment that are never addressed. Even then, not all patients can make it to a hospital or doctor’s office. Some live in remote areas without proper roads, others are elderly or live alone and thus have limited means of travel when ill.