Welcome to our deep dive episode on the upcoming NHS app – which we cover multiple areas of primary care and patient care. A highly opinionated episode which we encourage your comments and feedback on.
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The intentions behind the app are exactly what you might expect: Make it easier for patients to access healthcare services, cut down on administrative burden, and eventually provide a means to connect with other health apps, like Fitbit and Apple’s Health app.
Jeremy Hunt set out “8 challenges” for the app
(7.20) Symptom checking and triage (i.e. figuring out if you’re just being a hypochondriac or whether you should be in an ambulance right now)- eConsultation, webGP, babylon AI
(13.00) Access to your medical records and security issues.
(23.10) GP appointment booking
(28.20) Repeat prescription ordering
(29.50) Changing data sharing preferences
(31.38) Changing organ donation preferences
(33.38) Changing end of life care choices – DNAR medical decision
I return with this sketch to reflect on Dr Nigel Watson’s review of the GP Partnership model, Kindly commissioned by then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP.
Dr Damocles searches for a new GP Partner… From a distance and to the untrained eye, his gilded position looks sound. He does great work for his his patients. He is valued by his community. He is respected. But, Dr A. Millennial is worried. Many swords hang by threads above head and there is a rising tide at their feet. And she has many other options…
They made contact through this blog having read some of my previous articles on AI in medicine and seeing that I was based near their college.
It was a pleasure to meet with Oliver, Lucy and Sam and be filmed at my surgery. They asked some great questions.
I was shocked in the film to see how much I say “erm”.
Must work on that…
We talked about how AI may soon be supporting, or even outperforming and replacing humans in certain tasks. Particularly those involving the understanding and weighing of complicated information, applying algorithmic rules to make predictions and draw conclusions, especially when consistency and low rates of error are important. This includes a large part of what doctors, health workers and many other professionals do on a day to day basis.
AI looks set to challenge humans in many of those professions which have traditionally been seen as a good bet by students for steady employability and decent pay.
I commented that in choosing to study, film, a field that draws on creativity and originality to entertain other humans, they might have made a smart choice in terms of their future job chances and pay.
Artistic and artisan pursuits require a human touch and a willingness to make mistakes. In order to truly have value for some people, others need to be challenged and to dislike.
eGPLearning PodBlast- Dr Keith Grimes & Medical VR Interview + Show Notes
In this episode of the eGPLearning Podblast, we interview Dr Keith Grimes, a GP and Medical Virtual Reality pioneer.
We talk about how Keith became interested in VR and how he has been using it in his clinical practice. We discuss the potential for VR in healthcare and also some of the pitfalls. Keith describes some of the projects and studies he is involved in.
Keith also explains how he built his skills to use social media to promote and build a community around his interest in Medical VR, and his tips for combining a career in health care with another interest or passion.
This is a great listen for your commute, on the treadmill or relaxing at home.
How to contact Keith and get involved in the Medical VR community:
Back for episode 2. Improved and shorter at 17 minutes. Perfect for your commute.
In this episode, Dr Gandhi Husein interviews Dr Kenny Livingstone, the founder and CEO of Zoomdoc. Zoomdoc is a smartphone app designed to connect patients with local GPs in their area for home visits. They discuss Kenny’s journey to date creating the app, the challenges faced by medical entrepreneurs and what his plans are for the service in the future.