HealthCare 2020: The e-Doctor Will See You Now
Technology has transformed industries ranging from recorded music to retail to travel, but from the consumer’s point of view, healthcare has remained stubbornly analog.
Visit a doctor in 2016 and there’s still a good chance that you’ll encounter the same paper form and clipboard you might have used 30 years ago. Since your doctor probably can’t access your health history via an online-based file, you are still forced to rely on your memory, which may obscure a potentially life-saving detail from your past.
Happily, at least the paper-and-clipboard part of that scenario may finally be a thing of the past by 2020. You may not enter a doctor’s office at all in fact as “telemedicine” and videoconferenced doctor visits become more common. Patients will also continue to take more control of their health care by accessing the latest information and using cloud-connected wearables to monitor their health. The most exciting change though will be the effect of artificial intelligence on diagnoses and medical problem solving which will, for the first time, pool humanity’s mental resources to take on scourges like cancer and diabetes.