How smartphones are being used to make healthcare more accessible


  • EP_2012

    “app that can be used to give a proper prescription to someone without a trained optometrist”

    I’m all for using technology to improve healthcare, but who becomes liable when things to wrong? The unlicensed, untrained “doctor” using these apps and attachments?

    • gommer strike

      It’s the same thing if you use apps such as WebMD to self-diagnose yourself. The app will always tell you at some point, to go see your doctor.

      So there’s no danger of these apps taking over doctor’s jobs. Rather, they are useful towards the diagnosis. One thing to realize is that these doctors, for all their medical training, may not actually know what your symptoms are leading to, and have to look it up(which is why they leave the room).

    • EP_2012

      WebMD is not intended to diagnose illness or offer prescriptions – someone spending thousands on these specialized medical apps would not be doing so for self-diagnosis.

      If they can be used by a qualified nurse or doctor, then it could certainly help to speed up the process, but I wonder how many self-proclaimed doctors will use these to sham-diagnose people.

    • gommer strike

      WebMD isn’t “intended” to self-diagnose sure, but the content within –
      much of it is way beyond what any average Joe would know. I’m sure
      you’ve seen the app and even used it, or an equivalent of it. It’s
      pretty intensive stuff. Click on area which hurts. OK, now click on
      the symptoms that describe you. OK, now it spits out an answer. Still
      pretty useful, no? Hey nobody’s gonna try self-surgery here, and anyways you can’t get the medicine(even if it suggests specific drugs) without a prescription. So honestly it’s just a useful tool for helping yourself be informed…good enough.

      Well there already are bad doctors/nurses that exist…there is no going around it. But it’s like this. Either we use the new/emerging technologies available to us, or we stick to tried and true, because well – what if all this new-fangled stuff screws up, right?

      And that’s exactly the reason why many areas of the medical industry are so slow to change. That’s exactly why we have doctor’s offices that *still* don’t use computers, and everything is done by pen and paper(my old doc is still operating that way, even today). The scale to measure weight – you guessed it…the old thing that you have to manually move those sliders back and forth. I stood on them as a wee little kid, and 40 years later, here I am, standing on them again for my checkup. Four *decades* later, and the equipment is still good. Can we say that for anything that’s made today?

      Everything in his office is old school, from the stethoscope to the equipment he used to measure blood pressure. All stuff dating way back to the 1970’s(if not older). All the patient files are in vanilla folders behind the front desk, in alphabetical order. Saving files to the cloud? Get off my lawn – the office doesn’t even have internet access(and good luck getting more than a single bar of signal in there, if it even works at all).

      So the stuff you’re saying. How can we trust any of this stuff? And many agree with you, and choose not to invest in any up-to-date medical equipment. Why risk patient’s lives with new stuff that we honestly can’t trust? If the old stuff worked for our grandfathers, then hell it’ll work for us. All these crazy startups, created by people nobody’s even heard of, making things that nobody understands. I’m with you – stick with the decades-old tried and true, none of this…new fangled, silly technology geewhiz stuff.