Can Technology Improve Patient Treatment?

Posted by Norman Woolworth | Nov 24, 2014 9:27:42 AM

In a recent Wired magazine article, "Gadgets Like Fitbit Are Remaking How Doctors Treat You," I was reminded of the quote from the TV show House.   The lead character in the show, Dr. Gregory House, M.D., is portrayed as a genius of diagnostic medicine who frequently quips, "Everybody lies."  He is generally referring to patients who are being asked difficult personal questions, but the Wired article caused me to consider if that was true about patients in general.  For example, do patients listen when a doctor prescribes rest?  Does the patient know if they're lying?  Is one man's "rest" the same as another?  Could activity trackers and heart rate monitors really provide accurate data to the doctors?  Could this data be reviewed by the doctor and eliminate follow-up appointments?  Does the combination of a sensor-laden super-computer in our pocket and an activity tracker on our wrist allow us to provide real information to our doctors?

drDoesn't seem very far fetched to me.

Of course, for those of us on the MyLoans team, it also made me wonder if people lie about their ability to pay.   I talked to a medical provider with 95% of all accounts receivable on a zero-interest payment plan of...wait for it...UNKNOWN LENGTH.  The scary part is he said this situation was not uncommon in his industry.  While I personally hope Dr. House is wrong that "everybody lies," he is right and patients do lie when asked important questions about their medical treatment. Of course they would lie about their ability to pay for that treatment.  MyLoans can't keep people from lying, but it can help in collecting payment from patients if they do.

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Written by Norman Woolworth

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