As the Fiscal Cliff continues to make politicians practice the art of focusing on everything but the real issues, once again the rules are changing to the point where innovators are going to be the highlight of 2013. One key aspect of ObamaCare is that 36 million more people are going from uninsured to insured, and yet it’s not clear how they are going to be serviced.
Telehealth solutions are probably going to be a place where the insurance agencies are going to look for benefits; everything from mall kiosks being connected to doctors’ to smart phone apps that speed the diagnosis. A few years back we had an opportunity to analyze a predicative systems’ value on patient care.
The team of doctors we brought in told us that there were a few questions that were basic to the patient visit: getting data about weight, pulse, temperature, blood pressure, breathing, historical comparisons and then current complaints. From this data comes the diagnosis, prescription and follow up. All pretty standard and all part of the existing system.
The recent interview with Dr. Roy Scheunberg, CEO of American Well, pointed out that 36 million people are going to be added to an already strained system. In our quest of showing the ROI, the ability for servicing the 36 million newly insured is a window of opportunity for fast- moving doctors and insurance companies that can take advantage of the bottom line... Read More