Re: Start with Real Life
The idea is to reduce appointments - mitigating this frustration to annual appointments, if possible - hey, once a year isn't bad, right?
For instance, people on certain medications (warfarin) for heart conditions need to go into the doctor's office to monitor their PT/INR levels once every week - sitting in that waiting room for an extra 45 minutes. Diabetics and people with other conditions also find themselves with frequent visits to manage their conditions.
The idea is to give these people devices that they can use in their own homes AND a platform that is as engaging as the iphone to monitor and manage their conditions on. I am NOT describing an app, whatsoever. But like David said in this article, it's about making these tools attractive enough to consumers that they will perceive it as being in their own interest. Coincidentally, convincing these patients to get on board and engaged in managing their own chronic conditions is also in the best interest of the payers and the national healthcare system - as that is where the real expense lies. Its a win, win!
So, in short, no one is trying to address the wait times of normal, everyday patients going in for their annuals because it's not saving anyone money. But helping those patients with chronic conditions to not have to do that once every week, or month, that will help both sides tremendously!