Microwork: Will Smartphones Change the way Healthcare is Handled?

Doctors are incredibly busy people.  Their day is filled with seeing patients, reading test results, and filling out paperwork.  EHR/EMR implementation is going a long way to help make their practice more efficient, but there is a new concept evolving that may change the way healthcare is handled.

Bradley Kreit of FastCoExist.com is where I first heard about microwork, a concept that involves breaking down complex processes into simple tasks that are distributed to other people who perform these tasks for a small fee.  This concept is not really developed in healthcare yet, but there is tremendous potential.

While clearly most people are not qualified to perform the tasks of a doctor, there are certain tasks that could be performed by other people.  In developed countries like the US it could help to cut costs and make things more efficient, but in less developed countries it could provide better health and well being.

Like so many things in mHealth the sky is really the limit for microwork.  It is still a relatively new concept, but with time it will be really interesting to see how it gets implemented to make healthcare more effective, and efficient.

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