Healthcare Apps & Wearables Vs Doctors

Nowadays, every one has a smartphone and access to apps, but according to this study, the majority of people do actually prefer to speak to a doctor rather than using an app. You would think that it is the majority of older people that want to the speaker a doctor, but 765 are aged 18-34 also say doctors are their first contact. Maybe going to the doctor is more beneficially than using apps?

Doctors can reassure patients straight away to reduce unnecessary stress-related illness termed ‘cyberchondria’ – a concern among doctors in which patients research symptoms and contract a medical anxiety. The one-on-one conversation creates a positive outlook, resulting in patients adhering to the suggested medical treatment. Patients can even direct feedback to allow the GP to select the most appropriate treatment. This is key as you cannot have a ‘conversation’ with technology…

3 thoughts on “Healthcare Apps & Wearables Vs Doctors

  1. Yes I would have to agree. I think when you actually speak t a Doctor who spent 7 yrs training to tell you whats wrong with you will put your mind at easy, well depending on the diagnosis. Guess its also that human contact, a bit more personal and therefore more meaningful.


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  2. Obviously depends on the gravity of the individual medical situation, but there will be many non-urgent instances where the ‘human contact’ aspect won’t be a major consideration for a lot of people.

    For example if you need a doctor to analyze your blood test results or to make a recommendation based on a medical report – many people could save time and use an app or website for this, instead of visiting a doctor in person.

    Plus in our globally connected world, online access to very highly skilled expert doctors using apps, the internet etc will become the norm.

    So let’s say you injure your ankle playing football and go for a MRI scan on it – would you prefer to take a day off to visit your local healthcare center’s non-specialist doctor to analyze those scan results for you?

    Or would you consider paying $50 or whatever to upload your scan results via a mobile app or website and have them professionally analyzed by a recognised international expert in the field of football-related ankle injuries?

    You see my point. Like it or not, medical treatment is now an open marketplace subject to the same market forces as any other ‘business’… and if you can get a higher-quality / cheaper / faster / more-convenient service via the internet or an app, then this will be the decider for a lot of people to consider using the apps.

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