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"A Big Overlooked Flaw With Health Tech - Patients Hate Going To The Doctor" - Christina Farr

  • CNBC
  • New York, NY
  • (July 21, 2018)

Digital health companies need to think more about the doctor/patient relationship. Medical experts say that many are steering people to the doctor, but patients are ignoring the advice. That could create more separation between the patient and the care provider, and not less. Digital health today is hampered by this “see your doctor” endpoint, explained Joel Dudley, PhD, director of the Institute for Next Generation Health Care at Mount Sinai and executive vice president for precision health at the Mount Sinai Health System. He believes that the industry can move from acting as a “funnel of a stopgap rather than a revolution,” once the right pieces are in place. One potential solution will be to incorporate telemedicine, or virtual doctors’ visits, into the experience of care so that patients can immediately get a phone call or video consult. And that way, digital health companies can be assured that they’ve at least talked to a medical expert, rather than ignored the problem.

- Joel Dudley, PhD, Director, Next Generation Healthcare Institute, Associate Professor, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Population Health Science and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Executive Vice President, Precision Health, Mount Sinai Health System

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