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END OF THE DOCTOR'S SURGERY


Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is planning a technological revolution that could spell the end of the traditional doctor’s surgery.

A new system of “virtual clinics” is being planned in which GPs connect with patients via iPads and Skype, an idea that NHS bosses are importing from India.

. . .“We need to harness and better utilise more modern types of technology such as telehealth and mobile technology to support people better in their own homes and to drive down the cost of care


[link to www.express.co.uk]

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Remember, this is the system most admired by Obama.


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Most people clog up the dr's office with boo-boos and flu
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I was hoping someone from the UK would post and shed some light on this, whether it's true or not and how they feel about it.
One of the most important aspects of conspiracy theories is being able to discern when there isn't one.

Oh yeah, like you'd understand anyway.

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They should do this everywhere... ma elbow feel funneh!
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I was in Grantham in the UK having an asthma attack went to visit a doctor to get immediate action in the form of getting an inhaler to remedy my problems. The doctor was negro couldn't tell his ass from his foot i literally had to act out my breathing troubles for the numb nuts to understand i needed attention right away.
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I was in Grantham in the UK having an asthma attack went to visit a doctor to get immediate action in the form of getting an inhaler to remedy my problems. The doctor was negro couldn't tell his ass from his foot i literally had to act out my breathing troubles for the numb nuts to understand i needed attention right away.
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Multiculturalism in action by the way.
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How do they take your blood pressure over Skype? USB port?
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I was in Grantham in the UK having an asthma attack went to visit a doctor to get immediate action in the form of getting an inhaler to remedy my problems. The doctor was negro couldn't tell his ass from his foot i literally had to act out my breathing troubles for the numb nuts to understand i needed attention right away.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28454312


Yes, we have the govt taking over student loans now so I am sure we will be getting affirmative action physicians now. And nurses and physician's assistants are "healthcare providers" and replacing physicians on some routine visits at rural healthcare clinics.

Asthma is scary business. I had it as a child but it got better as I got older for some reason.
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Oh yeah, like you'd understand anyway.

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How do they take your blood pressure over Skype? USB port?
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I am thinking they will develop more technology to go along with this and create a kind of BP cuff that does in fact attach to a computer. Same for thermometer.

All remote with no overhead expenses.
One of the most important aspects of conspiracy theories is being able to discern when there isn't one.

Oh yeah, like you'd understand anyway.

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Are the Dr's gonna screen cap and save a pic when a patient has a hemorrhoid issue? On another note who is gonna show their junk over Skype (if they have a junk related issue)?

Sorry...I think it's a valid question.
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How do they take your blood pressure over Skype? USB port?
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I am thinking they will develop more technology to go along with this and create a kind of BP cuff that does in fact attach to a computer. Same for thermometer.

All remote with no overhead expenses.
 Quoting: Bluebird


And no doctor just the computer program
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How do they take your blood pressure over Skype? USB port?
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I am thinking they will develop more technology to go along with this and create a kind of BP cuff that does in fact attach to a computer. Same for thermometer.

All remote with no overhead expenses.
 Quoting: Bluebird


Hm. I'm not sure how I feel about that. Then again it is a pain in the butt to travel to another city just to have my prescriptions refilled for another year. I'd be open to it for small stuff.
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How do they take your blood pressure over Skype? USB port?
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lmao

It is replies like this that make it worthwhile coming onto GLP.

I was crying with laughter at this.
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I was hoping someone from the UK would post and shed some light on this, whether it's true or not and how they feel about it.
 Quoting: Bluebird


okay
firstly jeremy hunt is a thick twat who knows nothing about anything and clearly even less about the current IT systems in the nhs and what a gargantuan and expensive task improving it to this level will be


each hospital has it's own IT systems- which aren't connected with each other and only parts of which - results basically- may or may not be accessible to local GP's

the GP's aren't on the same system as each other let alone the hospitals

communication between GP's and hospital doctors is ALL done on paper

so if your telehealth doctor wants to diagnose you on a fab new system remotely - he will still have to WRITE A LETTER to inform anyone reliably of the outcome

in other words , this is a shite sound byte idea from a moran who should have lost his job in the summer


you can't build telehealth without basic cohesive connected communications
and those systems aren't in place

i feel this is the beginning of a whole crock of nhs related 'improvements' which are designed to hide the fact it's just been sold to boots et al


does that help?
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I was hoping someone from the UK would post and shed some light on this, whether it's true or not and how they feel about it.
 Quoting: Bluebird


I'm not from the UK but I've only just heard of this happening and a similar program has been round-tabled/discussed here in Australia recently. It's still in theory at this stage but we tend to follow Britain in many ways.
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How do they take your blood pressure over Skype? USB port?
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lmao

It is replies like this that make it worthwhile coming onto GLP.

I was crying with laughter at this.
 Quoting: Lotus Flower


lol I actually was trying to be funny but I wouldn't be surprised if Bluebird is correct about developing the tech for it.
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I was hoping someone from the UK would post and shed some light on this, whether it's true or not and how they feel about it.
 Quoting: Bluebird


okay
firstly jeremy hunt is a thick twat who knows nothing about anything and clearly even less about the current IT systems in the nhs and what a gargantuan and expensive task improving it to this level will be


each hospital has it's own IT systems- which aren't connected with each other and only parts of which - results basically- may or may not be accessible to local GP's

the GP's aren't on the same system as each other let alone the hospitals

communication between GP's and hospital doctors is ALL done on paper

so if your telehealth doctor wants to diagnose you on a fab new system remotely - he will still have to WRITE A LETTER to inform anyone reliably of the outcome

in other words , this is a shite sound byte idea from a moran who should have lost his job in the summer


you can't build telehealth without basic cohesive connected communications
and those systems aren't in place

i feel this is the beginning of a whole crock of nhs related 'improvements' which are designed to hide the fact it's just been sold to boots et al


does that help?
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Somewhat.

However, our own Dear Leader had all physician's offices and other healthcare facilities install new, matching software over the summer in anticipation of Obamacare. So that won't be a factor here, I'm afraid.

Now the govt can possibly access your health records . Of course they say no way would that ever happen. Yeah, sure it won't!
One of the most important aspects of conspiracy theories is being able to discern when there isn't one.

Oh yeah, like you'd understand anyway.

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lol I actually was trying to be funny but I wouldn't be surprised if Bluebird is correct about developing the tech for it.
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I thought it was funny, too, until I thought about it and how all this stuff is already digital.
One of the most important aspects of conspiracy theories is being able to discern when there isn't one.

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Haven't they been doing this for awhile for remote Eskimo villages in Alaska?

My recollection is that it has now become the "first" contact point for those villagers when they have health issues, before they automatically send a plane out to ferry them into a more comprehensive medical treatment location or ferry out a health professional for localized, on site, treatment.
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They are already doing studies in the US on this and have been for a while.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Snip; For the study, researchers examined more than 8,100 in-person and online patient visits to four primary care providers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System between Jan. 1, 2010, and May 1, 2011.

The visits included:
5,165 appointments for sinusitis, of which 465 were online consultations; and
2,954 appointments for urinary tract infections, of which 99 were online consultations.


[link to www.ihealthbeat.org]



Don’t forget my favorite "group" doctors’ visits. This is just another off shoot of that principle. Screw the patient, make more money and tell you how it's good for you.



From 2005.

Article; This report from Colorado tells us of an OBGYN that has successfully implemented group visits for his practice. Some studies has shown a 7% decrease in cost - reducing the number of hospitalizations, office visits, and calls to nurses.

[link to www.hospitalimpact.org]
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Why can't they, or the tax-payer, clearly see
the message between the integers? "Drive down, the cost, of care" Decrease, the value, of medicinal care and core care network systems. Increase private costs, decrease private supply. Increase government facilities, decrease care costs, increase taxes.

Yeah, that margins a nice spread.
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A friend of mine in Bakersfield, Calif., was shocked when he went in for a check up and morphine refill. He was told the Drs office had been moved to the building next door. After being led into the treatment room, he found himself alone with a screen. An unfamiliar Dr.came on the screen, asked him some questions, while (what he assumed was) writing on his chart. The doc told him to pick up his refill at the front desk, and that he'd see him again next month.

It's already here in the usa

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In the US too....and its actually a pretty great service for those that really don't HAVE to see a doc. www.memd.com
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Are the Dr's gonna screen cap and save a pic when a patient has a hemorrhoid issue? On another note who is gonna show their junk over Skype (if they have a junk related issue)?

Sorry...I think it's a valid question.
 Quoting: Chip


lol but it is a valid question...interesting, indeed...I used to work for BCBS and you would be surprised at some of the pictures we had to look at when doctors called to see if something would be covered...

we got a lot of men who wanted penis pumps, penis inserts, etc wanting insurance to cover it...so you can imagine the pics we saw...lol...

nowadays, you would be surprised at how many people would not think twice about taking a picture and sending it over skype, etc...

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They are already doing studies in the US on this and have been for a while.

Don’t forget my favorite "group" doctors’ visits. This is just another off shoot of that principle. Screw the patient, make more money and tell you how it's good for you.

From 2005.

Article; This report from Colorado tells us of an OBGYN that has successfully implemented group visits for his practice. Some studies has shown a 7% decrease in cost - reducing the number of hospitalizations, office visits, and calls to nurses.

[link to www.hospitalimpact.org]
 Quoting: Chrit


WHAT??
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Are the Dr's gonna screen cap and save a pic when a patient has a hemorrhoid issue? On another note who is gonna show their junk over Skype (if they have a junk related issue)?

Sorry...I think it's a valid question.
 Quoting: Chip


lol but it is a valid question...interesting, indeed...I used to work for BCBS and you would be surprised at some of the pictures we had to look at when doctors called to see if something would be covered...

we got a lot of men who wanted penis pumps, penis inserts, etc wanting insurance to cover it...so you can imagine the pics we saw...lol...

nowadays, you would be surprised at how many people would not think twice about taking a picture and sending it over skype, etc...

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To be fair, this actually has some merit...if used properly...prescription refills, follow ups, etc...but there is more cons than pros...

what happens when some kid or some idiot hacks into the system and prescribes meds that could kill some people or tells them they have cancer, etc...

more chance for error/misuse than benefits, IMO...

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END OF THE DOCTOR'S SURGERY


Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is planning a technological revolution that could spell the end of the traditional doctor’s surgery.

A new system of “virtual clinics” is being planned in which GPs connect with patients via iPads and Skype, an idea that NHS bosses are importing from India.

. . .“We need to harness and better utilise more modern types of technology such as telehealth and mobile technology to support people better in their own homes and to drive down the cost of care


[link to www.express.co.uk]

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Remember, this is the system most admired by Obama.


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Get your head out of your conspiracy asshole.


Technology is a great thing! Just because a tyrant supports something doesn't make it bad.
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Say goodbye to bedside doctors in the USA.

In medical facilities in the USA we are putting interactive audio/video systems in the hospital patient rooms to be connected to a centralized control room located in another city that will have a doctor that will be treating/diagnosing the patient.

All the patients information is digitally transmitted there and the doctor can interact with the nurse or patient.
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For what? Like depression?
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What would you do if you were in surgery - and required an additional opinion from a surgeon that was on the other side of the world?

This is a great idea and is going to move ALL OF US towards a world where we don't need to rely on a doctor to fix our bodies.



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