Online Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Health Records (EHR)

The EMR issue is quite complex, because there is no standard yet, and thousands of competing applications try to conquer the big clients. Some are Open Source, some are free, many are sold. A few countries and states have decided to implement a single EMR application, to lower costs and focus all the development effort in a single product. However, not even Socialist countries have reached that goal. Continuar leyendo “Online Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Health Records (EHR)”

Psychological Testing and Treatment

To this proposal, the 3 medical businesses described above apply: Online EMR, Telemedicine, Marketing and Marketplaces.

Psychology is a discipline that can greatly benefit from the Internet, because there is no strict need for physical contact between patient and doctor. Of course, something is lost when human proximity is replaced by a webcam. There are a number of clues from the environment, body language and details that help the psychologist to make a diagnosis. But psychological tests are objective and can be easily implemented and carried out online. The advantage of offering Web Psycho Testing is to centralize the tests, to assure uniformity, and to be able to chain the tests according to the results and following a predetermined algorithm, thus automating most of the diagnostic process.
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Opportunities for Pharmaceutical Companies

The 5 previous proposals have many advertising and sponsorship places for drug companies. Doctors who are active online are likely to be more influential and see more patients that those who are hiding in their offices, and pharm sales reps need to identify them and see them, virtually or physically.

When a product is being discussed in a forum, the “virtual reps” can intervene defending the drug from attacks. Although it is not correct, they can do so anonymously or without identifying themselves as company members.
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Medical Knowledge Marketplaces

Once the patients have an online medical record (EMR) most patients can examined by online doctors, and in many cases those remote professionals can solve the problem. Of course we are excluding many cases in which human contact is necessary for physical or psychological reasons.

 

I conceive the near future of medical care as a connected, distributed space where only a few persons have direct contact with the patient, and a number of consultants examine the relevant data and make recommendations. The eHealth paradigm will make medicine ultra-specialized, a bit de-personalized, faster and cheaper than today.

 

Imagine a situation where a complicated case is exposed to an inexperienced doctor, far from a high complexity centre. Let ‘s assume that this patient has his data online, but physically-present doctor does not have a marketplace where to seek advice. He can maybe bother a friend once or twice, or even pay him. But this friend is no assurance of quality, availability or price.

 

There is not a site where patients or doctors can publish their cases (with the necessary EMR) and seek advice from online doctors. It would be ideal for isolated places where no doctor would visit, for second medical opinion and for 3rd World doctors willing to sell their knowledge in the 1st World.

 

Such marketplace would implement many mechanisms to validate doctors, and to assure quality responses. This concept intersects the Verifiable CV business described elsewhere.

 

In order to sell services online as Telemedicine, doctors will need a little more than a diploma and a license. The competition will be intense, and they will need to demonstrate their knowledge, plus cost-efficiency, availability, response time, technology and marketing. They will need ability to receive payment in many forms, offer guarantee and credit, thinks that they very rarely do in the real world, in traditional Medicine or even in the many popular TV series that depict the medical world.

 

A few forms of knowledge marketplaces within the Health area:

 

– Business-to-Consumer markets, where the patient demands service offers from all the possible providers;

– Business-to-Business markets, where clinics will find complementary institutions across the Net

– Auctions and reverse auctions, where medical services/hours are sold to the best buyer.

– Professional Social Networks, which proved their value in other marketplaces

 

These “medical knowledge marketplaces” should have at least these features:

– access to a reliable online EMR (electronic medical record) for patients

– a doctor’s database, with a critical number of providers in any field. These providers do not need to travel to market their knowledge, because the transactions are essentially online.

– a companies database, ready to buy knowledge on given clinical cases, from doctors online. These companies will be validated in their contact data, and they will be required to pay any services bought thru the marketplace. Or face blacklisting.

– quality assurance service for doctors who want to validate their credentials by any necessary mean

– transaction platform, including bidding, alert mailing and auction.

 

 Other features present in current service eMarketplaces:

  • forum
  • contests
  • tests – quizzes
  • blacklist of those who broke the market rules
  • product offerings
  • group purchases
  • physical meetings

 

This market would be ideal for isolated places where no doctor would visit, for second medical opinion and for 3rd World doctors willing to sell their knowledge in the 1st World. In the near future, it would be nonsensical NOT to have a Medical Knowledge Marketplace

Marketing Médico

Los médicos tienen restricciones éticas para realizar actividades de marketing y, por ese motivo, hay Servicios de Referencia de Pacientes que, con supuesta objetividad, aconsejan a los pacientes a qué médico acudir. Han existido durante mucho tiempo, pero los basados ​​en la web son más fáciles de administrar, más eficientes y tienen un mayor alcance.

El Marketing Médico puede vender los dos negocios médicos anteriores, EMR y Telemedicina. Primero, pueden convencer a los pacientes de que necesitan una EMR para recomendar a un especialista o subespecialista. Para producir el EMR, se necesita un asistente médico y probablemente un médico, por lo que ya se trata de telemedicina. Una vez que los pacientes tienen un EMR en línea, un médico remoto puede brindar algún consejo, tal vez suprimiendo la necesidad original de un encuentro físico con un médico. Actualmente, el marketing médico se aplica a clínicas u organizaciones de salud dentro de un área geográfica determinada. Sin embargo, es probable que algunos servicios se vendan a nivel internacional, como odontología, corrección láser ocular con láser, todo tipo de cirugía estética y cirugías controvertidas como el aborto, la fertilización in vitro, la clonación, el cambio de sexo o la restauración de la virginidad.

Aquí en Argentina existen varias oportunidades para Eso, y el país ya recibe muchos turistas de salud. Hagamos un cálculo simple para encontrar el punto de equilibrio: un pasaje aéreo de ida y vuelta de América del Norte a América del Sur puede costar U $ D 1200 y un hotel de 3 días tal vez 300 más. Los procedimientos que no están cubiertos por el seguro médico y que cuestan más de 2000 en los EE. UU., tienen aquí un costo de entre el 20 y el 30% .

Vista personal

Un paso más allá sería instalar un barco con instalaciones médicas y médicos argentinos u otros médicos calificados. Y acercárselo a las costas de Miami o Londres. El barco podría llevar la bandera de algún país poco estricto, como Ruanda o Etiopía. Para redondear el proyecto necesitamos un país que permita el alcohol y los casinos. La convalecencia no tiene por qué ser aburrida. Si los pacientes no acuden a usted, usted acude a los pacientes.

Telemedicine

Telemedicine refers to any medical action done at a distance. For some tasks this is a very easy, and does not really need the physical doctor-patient contact. Or the contact can be replaced by video cameras and touch-sensitive data gloves.

 

For instance, interpreting EKG, EEG or X Ray images is often done with the hard data alone. Actually, starting a marketplace for those interpretations could be a still virgin starting point. With Medicine going more and more the way of biochemical, electrical or other physical tests, there are always more data to be analyzed. Some of those data can be very complex, like the EEG, and benefit for computer treatment for signal improvement and processing. I am currently advisor in a project for Computerized Polygraph testing for the Federal Police in my country.  Images provided by X Ray, Tomography, Photography, Microscopy or Sonography can also be computer-enhanced, compared and stored, before expert interpretation, all of which can be done remotely. This opens the field of

Telemedicine for almost every medical specialty.

 

The few exceptions are those practices where direct contact is required, like taking samples, feeling, smelling or operating. And still, some of them can be left to nurses, technicians or beginning physicians, with remote supervision by experienced professionals.

 

We are only scratching the surface of the immense, fast-growing medical information market

 

Developing software able to analyze instrumental data is another form of Telemedicine that already started to grow.

 

Health has always been a conservative area, doctors are known to be anti-computing technology, and lawyers are anxiously waiting to take action against every little mistake or data glitch. But still, there is a lot do in this area, with enormous potential for growth and wealth.

 

 

Personal View

 

I took part in a successful project where overweight patients were followed by phone, to ensure they took the medication, followed the diet and lost weight. The phone calls really helped them to comply.

I cannot wait for Telemedicine to mature and allow me to work from home and collect as if I was in a fancy American clinic.

Medical Advice Online – This site

Este sitio tiene dos caras. Originalmente comenzó como un foro donde ofrezco consejos médicos gratuitos en línea para pacientes que hablan inglés. Ahora incorporé este blog donde discuto temas de eSalud, principalmente desde el punto de vista empresarial. Una pequeña ventaja de tener mi sede en Argentina es que puedo hacer cosas como ésta, fuera del alcance de los médicos estadounidenses, que tienen muchas restricciones  debido a varias responsabilidades legales, problemas de privacidad y negligencia potencial. Por supuesto, aún podría ser responsable de los daños, a pesar del poderoso descargo de responsabilidad que intento publicar en cada página.

Consulte los servicios alternativos, como mantener un EMR en línea para pacientes / clientes: recopile contenido con fines de promoción web. Los resultados parciales de este experimento en curso se publicarán aquí.

Medical Knowledge Marketplace

Imagine a situation where a complicated case is exposed to an unexperienced doctor, far from a high complexity center.
Today, the universal EMR is very uncommon. Even when broad-band Internet connections are widely available in most cities, most patients do not have access to their medical records. However, let ‘s assume that this patient has his data online. The physically-present doctor does not have a marketplace where to seek advice. He can maybe bother a friend once or twice, or even pay him. But this friend is no assurance of quality, availability or price.
Translation is an activity ideal for electronic marketplaces, because it is inherently international and can be performed 100% online. Any buyer can enter an e-marketplace and shop for an available, able, cheap translator.
However, medical knowledge does not have such a marketplace yet. This “medical knowledge marketplace” should have at least these features:
– access to a reliable online EMR (electronic medical record) for patients
– a doctor’s database, with a critical number of providers in any field. These providers do not need to travel to market their knowledge, because the transactions are essentially online.
– a companies database, ready to buy knowledge on given clinical cases, from doctors online. These companies will be validated in their contact data, and they will be required to pay any services bought thru the marketplace. Or face blacklisting.
– quality assurance service for doctors who want to validate their credentials by any necessary mean
– transaction platform, including bidding, alert mailing and auction

Other features present in current service eMarketplaces:
– forum
– contests
– tests
– blacklist of those who broke the market rules
– product offerings
– group purchases
– physical meetings

This market would be ideal for isolated places where no doctor would visit, for second medical opinion and for 3rd World doctors willing to sell their knowledge in the 1st World.
In the near future, it would be nonsensical NOT to have a Medical Knowledge Marketplace.

Trabajando en la intersección de la Medicina y la Internet

Concibo el futuro cercano de la atención médica como un espacio conectado y distribuido donde solo unas pocas personas tienen contacto directo con el paciente, y una serie de consultores examinan los datos relevantes y hacen recomendaciones. El paradigma de eHealth hará que la medicina sea ultraespecializada, aunque más despersonalizada, rápida y barata. Los modelos actuales de e-business se están demorando en ingresar al campo de la salud porque éste es muy conservador, pero entrarán para siempre, con gran impacto y éxito. Mucho dinero para los pioneros. (nosotros). Por ejemplo:

– Telemercados, donde el paciente exige ofertas de servicios de todos los proveedores posibles;

– Subastas, donde se venden los servicios / horas médicos al mejor comprador:

– Redes sociales, donde médicos y consultores están calificados por colegas, en línea, en todo el mundo.

– Sistemas expertos: publicidad según el PPC y modelos relacionados, utilizando los canales específicos del médico para permitir la publicidad ética farmacéutica.