Reviving the old glory of being a doctor
The journey to become a doctor is a long arduous one — from never ending studies, to continuous education with no real time off, to frequent telephone interruptions, to insurance paperwork, to perusing through piles of data ,to additional documentation. The practice of the art of medicine is changing to a defensive one. The grunge work never ends and robs away precious time that could have instead been spent with patients at bedside.
Doctors these days experience a very large patient phone call volume, right from post consult follow-ups, to simple queries, or lab reviews, prescription, or even second opinions. Some calls are trivial, and some genuine — where a timely consult can change lives. Doctors who are always available to these calls however do get eventually burned out.
The burnout rate is pretty high of late & has been due to long working hours, too much bureaucratic hassle, and lack of work-life balance. Thus, a shift in minds of many doctors in the recent times about the so called “sought after noble profession”. Has the old glory of this profession started to decay? Has something changed recently? Or is it the change in attitude of the society’s perception of a doctor as a service provider than a dignified professional? Are doctors now becoming commodities?
Can we solve the productivity issue for doctors and help with continuity of care for patients at the same time? What if you can once again become the doctor you always dreamt of? Making the challenging diagnosis, analysing the complex medical data, solving real life problems, helping patients deal with and overcoming devastating illness, talking with families to comfort them are some of the many charms of being a doctor.
Sentinel events are preventable adverse events that result in serious injury or death. Year after year, the Joint Commission Report finding was that “Communication failure” with patients / administration was the root cause of failures. There is thus a need to invite the patient’s participation in her or his care. Steps need to be taken to ensure that patients understand their health conditions and how to take their medications safely.
What we see is that there is so much waste in the system by not digitising and making information available on phone.
ADDRESSING the Physicians Gap
The poorest 40% of India don’t have access to healthcare. Today, we have a significant physician gap (over 7 Million physicians) to fulfil basic healthcare needs and this number is projected to only keep growing to over 13M doctors in the next few years. Workers to execute these services are not available.
The central government working with states wishes to establish over 150,000 health care centres and each of these centres is expected to serve between 3000 in hilly, 30,000 in rural, to 50,000 people in urban areas. We believe with mobile technologies such as those bubblenet is engaging in, doctors will have better coverage anywhere anytime. Doctors can serve the poor, and extend their reach rural, distant communities, or sick patients / bed-bound patients who can’t travel to their clinic or are very far away or can’t visit the clinic frequently.
Every day access to care, rising healthcare costs, and shortage of healthcare professionals are existing challenges in healthcare today. However, technology is becoming cheaper and more functional. Very soon the poorest billion individuals will have the equivalent of today’s fancy smartphones. These things can really change healthcare.
Overcoming the Challenges
Bubblenet was seeded from the above thoughts by a doctor. We started originally with the vision to help the doctor community at-large to simplify the “scut work“ of medical documentation, at the same time simplifying the lives of doctors. Many problems were brainstormed:
- What if we could improve the efficiency in the system while at the same time addressing continuity of care?
- What if we can deliver portable prescriptions in a legible manner that will eliminate errors?
- Can we let patients or their kin enter their medical information for you to review easily and reduce errors. Can this data be used by doctors to triage their patients ahead of their appointments?
- Can we take off some typing work from doctors with dictaphone to save them valuable time?
- Can we provide an intelligent tool to help patients with just actionable health information so that they don’t have to bother doctors all the time?
- What if we can relieve patients of long waiting times, tokens and appointment lines ?
- Can we replace cumbersome EMRs with something much simpler and more economical?These questions in a nutshell seeded the birth of bubblenet.
Steps need to be taken to help patients recognise risks to their health and how these can be mitigated.
The Connected health
Doctors are increasingly turning to the mobile platform as the foundation for their healthcare practice. Integration of mobile technology can empower all healthcare professionals to make healthcare more engaging. As this trend continues, the need for healthcare professionals to manage patients digitally becomes increasingly important to succeed in the future. Doctors need insightful and actionable information they can use to treat a patient anywhere, anytime.
We are in the new era called connected health where you can have the equivalent of an entire clinic or practice, now in your smartphone, thanks to bubblenet! How technology is used and how individuals, government bodies, policy makers respond to such shifts helps shape the future of IT, not just technical capabilities. We do believe that the with Internet access and mobile computing, IT can have a significant impact on the type and nature of tasks per- formed and empower patients, healthcare professionals, and ensure no one is left behind.
bubblenet for doctors is a simple, innovative, easy-to-use app that boosts efficiency and access across the continuum of care. It brings new empowering ways to physicians to jump-start their medical practice.
Now, the future of medical practice is in your hands. Let’s create it together and find a better balance between your medical practice, your life, and technology in the connected health era. We want to improve the doctor-patient experience throughout the circle of care. The end state is a positive health outcome for all.