It seems that, while they may fall through the gaps in the Obamacare scheme, there are still ways of taking care of many uninsured patients. MSNBCs Geoffrey Cowley wrote last week about the rise in community healthcare in the United States and how the clinics involved are doing their best to capture those not covered by US healthcare. The idea is to maximize community involvement in healthcare so that there is always a place to go for those in need. With more volunteers and donations we could achieve anything. A big issue now is whether or not this is a sustainable method of healthcare.
Online Technologies Help Connect Patients and Doctors
But that’s not the only issue. These community health clinics offer free services that could easily be letting a lot of important health data slip through our fingers. With new online technologies that help connect patients to doctors, we could build a foundation of knowledge while providing quick and easy healthcare through online health tracking.
In Geoffrey’s article he recalls the following story: “When I met Ruben Williams there last week, he had just had his monthly check-in and renewed his prescription for a generic blood-pressure medicine. He recalled how sick he felt after Katrina, when he rushed back to his job replacing light bulbs in traffic signals. By performing a simple blood-pressure test, a Common Ground street medic had diagnosed him with life-threatening hypertension and put him on treatment”
If Ruben had been connected directly to medical professionals online, he could have recorded his symptoms and updated that he had developing issues with his health. Seeing this update, his appointed general practitioner or doctors would be able to respond much quicker, advising he get a check-up much sooner and treating his illness much quicker.
Geoffrey also found that doctors see roughly 55 to 60 patients a day, which could be far greater when exposed to an online source reducing travel time and recording difficulties. While it is obvious that a real life visit makes a big difference, being able to suggest action earlier and quicker could help so many more patients.
As community efforts develop, technology develops with it and there is still so much more we can do for a greater number of patients who are not properly covered.