While researching my next career turn as a doctor, metamorphosing into a “Housecall Doctor”, I started investigating the field of videochat, videoconfencing, etc. in order to prepare for doing “Video Housecalls”, for patients that really did not to physically see a doctor. We reasoned, if we could find a good videochat technology, we could do that with any iPhone, iPad, etc.
Now, while doing the research, I was lucky enough to read Eric Topol MD’s book, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine“.
My life changed.
Before reading the book, I really felt my passion for medicine had terribly waned. Sure, I made a decent living, but my true passion was extinguished. I know the Health system was broken, it did not take a medical genius to figure that out; expensive, long wait time, increasing excessive paperwork, and on, and on.
Then I read that book. My passion was reawakened, and I was given hope. I see a future in medicine, along with tools provided by the digital revolution in medicine. A future I did not think was there anymore.
A system, that would be not ridulously expensive, where the medical encounter would be a collaboration between doctor and patient in diagnosis and treatment. A new medical system aided by the incredible new gadgets arising because of the convergence of the factors Dr. Topol spoke of.
Now, also what I saw in my “ricochet browsing”, as I term it, was that the field did not have two things:
1) A Home
2) A Consistent Language
This site hopes to provide both. A home for health care workers to find out the state of the art of the new field, and new part of the language, “Internet Medicine”. And provide a language for everyone to speak and communicate consistently.
Albert Einstein once said: “The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.” Internet Medicine, optimistically thinking, may be a creation of a different level of thinking to attack the out-of-control health care costs, and inefficiencies of medicine.