"Along with the explosive economic growth of healthcare, the practice of medicine has been progressively dehumanized"
Eric Topol Author, Deep Medicine
The global model of providing medical services is based on ideas from the 1950s. At that time, we had to go to the bank to make a money transfer and the public telephone was available only at the post office. Since then, digital technologies have revolutionized various areas of life. They have also transformed medicine.
But one thing has not changed - the model of ambulatory care based on reactive, patient-initiated visits. And that system is under pressure, facing a global shortage of health workers that, according to WHO, could hit 10 million by 2030. Ageing society and prevalence of chronic diseases are likely to make access to good primary and specialist care even harder than today.
In search of efficiency, organizations focus on the best use of doctors' time. Some try to achieve it via automation, others try to squeeze more appointments into the doctor's calendar. This moves the doctor away from the patient, limiting contact to short visits and forcing patients to wait a long time for the next consultation or seek support from any specialist with immediate availability.
In our opinion, such a fragmented, disjointed approach to healthcare needs to change.