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Will Automated Care Plans Keep Patients Healthier?
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12/18/2013 | 3:18:31 PM
Sounds promising
"Through this collaboration, we are seeking to create an automated system of care coordination so providers can intervene before medical problems escalate. This will benefit both patients and the healthcare system by avoiding medical interventions, costly admissions, and readmissions."

Well, I like the sound of that. If it works, it could be great for chronic sufferers who don't see options outside of frequent doctors' visits. The cost-savings could be extreme, and the quality of life improvements for patients could be great too.

That said, I hope some of this stuff extends the other direction. While people going to the doctor too much is certainly an issue, I think the reverse is just as important, at least on a macro level. As far as I can tell, the current system is designed to discourage people from going to the doctor until a medical problem has already "escalated." If we were to fix that problem, via technology or otherwise, I have to wonder how many of the costlier health care problems would start to self-correct.


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