Healthcare Infrastructure Independence

I think it was at the Mobile Health Expo that I heard someone talk about the idea of Infrastructure Independence as the new model for healthcare. I thought it was a really interesting idea.

They described the current model of healthcare as follows:
*Low frequency visits
*Acute care focused
*Appointment driven
*Location centric
*High cost

Then they described what the considered to be the future of healthcare:
*High touch
*Right treatment
*When they need it
*Where they are
*Lower cost

Of course, this was all said in the context of infrastructure independence and mobile healthcare. I found the list and concept very thought provoking.

It also prompted a lot of questions like: What will this mean for doctors? What will it take to move to that type of healthcare?

I remember writing about an iPhone EMR back when the iPhone first launched. I had a lady from San Francisco contact me about an iPhone based EMR that she was using to document all of her patients. She had no office and did all home visits. She documented everything in her iPhone. Talk about keeping her fixed costs low. It was fascinating then and still is now.

Although, I think the idea above extends beyond just a doctor making home visits and documenting their visit through some mobile application connected to an EMR. Instead, The above descriptions describe a future where many times the doctor doesn’t need to be with the patient. I think this will involve some combination of streaming hi def video and medical devices in the home. Everyone has a thermometer at home. Why not a blood pressure cuff and other medical devices which stream the information from the device to your doctor?

It’s a very different world for healthcare. Making this change will be hard, but it’s an interesting world to consider. Certainly many doctors will hate the idea and others will embrace it. As a patient I look forward to the day when I don’t have to make the trip to the doctor and enjoy all the quiet time in the waiting room.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.

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  • It might work for simple case where physical examination is not required. But the patient has to be good in communication over electronic media for the whole process to work smoothly. Sometimes patients cannot describe their problem properly. That sort of thing will pose problem. But who knows there may be a solution for that as well.

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