Speeding up wait times before, during, and after a visit to the doctor was the motivation behind Greg’s award winning suggestion on in our Connected Life contest. The Texas native (Hook’em!) is a radiation oncology resident physician about to take his board exams (which his winnings will help fund) who has had first hand experience in dealing with the delays caused waiting for information needed to effectively and efficiently treat patients. His idea was the e-medical card, which he described this way:
“œE-Medical card. Eliminate waiting time at the doctors office by adding chip in medical cards that could be scanned when the doctor comes into the examining room. You could secure it using existing technology (i.e.,fingerprint technology). Once scanned, it would immediately pull up your medical history. It would be scanned at the end of the visit for billing. These devices could securely to send diagnostic info, x-rays, test results, etc. to specialists. Imagine what this could do in the medical field!”
He added that such technology is especially important in rural areas. Unlike the concentration of expertise at large, urban hospitals, rural medical facilities often have to rely on remote expertise, which can only add to the treatment delays. Greg expanded the concept even further to assist Emergency Medical Technicians in ambulances as well, which could help provide much more than convenience but, in the end, actually save lives. Greg describes his idea here: Some of these capabilities are fortunately available now, at least in part. These can not only provide better healthcare and experience to consumers and greater efficiency and productivity for the medical field but also some unique managed services opportunities for providers. All users want high levels of resiliency, security, and availability that providers can deliver, but for healthcare, the need can quite literally be a matter of life or death.Thanks to Greg for sharing his idea (and best of luck for your upcoming board exams!), and stay tuned, as we’ll have some more winning ideas for the Connected Life coming soon.