4 Tools For The Doctor Of The Future

Technological innovation has touched nearly every part of our lives. In healthcare, it has provided us with groundbreaking tools for doctors to use to treat patients, such as MRIs and novel drugs. But only recently has this technology begun to impact the way doctors interact with their patients and their work. EHRs, wearable health trackers, predictive machine diagnosis, and others have impacted modern medicine and will continue to impact it for the foreseeable future. But this technology has only just now impacted the way that doctors interact with their patients and do their work.

While some physicians still rely on older technologies in their practices, others are choosing to test and be in the forefront of technological advancements. The doctor of the future is already here…. This doctor of the future is already here, and these are the companies, devices, and ideas that are leading the way.

Below is a list of 4 companies we have found are particularly innovative in the patient-physician interactions space

Eko Devices:

Eko was recently featured as one of TIME Magazine’s best inventions of 2015. Eko allows doctors to record and amplify heart and lung sounds from an analog stethoscope. Using an iPhone app, doctors can visualize, save, playback, and share these readings with colleagues. The software also integrates with EHRs to further streamline the doctor’s workflow. Eko is great because it saves doctors time while simultaneously improving data collection and patient care.

Obaa Health

No longer will you have to deal with seeing multiple doctors and specialists for your many health issues! Obaa utilizes Google Glass and other mobile devices to provide doctors with a tool to connect to specialists through secure video calls. If a patient has a suspicious mole, the doctor can easily call a dermatologist and show them the mole. This solution reduces patient wait times and simplifies referrals. Diagnoses can be made in one visit, not across multiple visits. This technology greatly improves patient satisfaction and patient care.

Evena Medical

Evena Medical has recently released a new tool to revolutionize a simple yet troublesome medical procedure — intravenous therapy. Evena has built smart glasses that provide a point of care ultrasound that allows visualization of veins. This technology greatly improves IV access success rates and dramatically simplifies IV procedures. Evena improves the patient-provider interaction by reducing IV mishaps and providing the best patient care possible.

Augmedix

Augmedix rehumanizes healthcare through wearable, non-interrupting technology during patient visits. The company pairs physicians with Google Glass and a team of trained health consultants to automatically document patient visits and ease the hassles of working with EHRs. Augmedix works with all major EHRs including Epic, Practice Fusion, Athena Health, and AllScripts, to translate the patient-provider interaction into structured data. Instead of consuming valuable time during a patient visit or in the evening, patient notes are completed by remote scribes in real time. Augmedix allows doctors to provide better care for patients while also saving them up to 15 hours per week and 75% less time in the EHR.

The combination of these tools provides doctors with a more efficient and effective method of providing patient care. One does not become a doctor to spend hours navigating clumsy software or use outdated tools- one becomes a doctor to help people and provide the best patient care possible. According to an annual survey by WebMD, only 47% of internists report they are satisfied with their jobs. Healthcare providers are too important for this to be acceptable. It is time to give doctors the freedom to do what they were trained to do.