As the world moves ever so exponentially online, with the advent of Industry 5.0, virtual reality and AI, it is changing rapidly to one where man and machine are more connected. From smart fridges to self-driving cars, to a face app that shows you a much older version of yourself like a magical wrinkle in time, it really makes you wonder what the world itself will look like in 10 years’ time.
The future has limitations
In the world of healthcare itself, digitalisation and innovation are at the top of the agenda. From apps to electronic records and virtual consultations, technology is increasingly being used to help relieve pressure on services and overworked staff and to help patients access the care they need faster and easier.
Technology has the potential to revolutionise healthcare, to streamline services and allow patients to take greater control of their health. But technology is not risk-free and has its limitations.
With virtual consultations, you can be treated in the comfort of your own home. But can convenience outweigh the benefits of personal GP visits?
The reality of virtual consultations
A recent article has shed light on the reality of virtual GP consultations, in a case where a patient, Max Pemberton, was given the wrong treatment and the wrong diagnosis – twice, following two separate virtual consultations, putting into question how effective they can be. On one hand, they are easily accessible; on the other, they simply can’t offer the same level of personal touch and close examination that meeting in person with a doctor can offer.
In fact, a study from Imperial College London that looked at video consulting found a lack of evidence to truly form a picture of how safe and effective online consulting can be. The inability of carrying out physical examinations especially places a limit on how effective medical assessments can be when carried out online, meaning that they can be clinically risky. In Max’s case, the medication he was prescribed during the online consultation would have actually made his condition worse.
The value of the traditional
When it comes to your health, there should be no short-cuts. With a world focused on the virtual, there is still much to be said for the value of the traditional.
That’s why we at Doctorcall offer a 24-hour visiting doctor service, for both companies and private individuals throughout London. We understand the importance of convenience to our patients, which is why our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whether it be at their home, hotel or office. Our GPs are happy to visit at a time and location that suits their needs.
The world at your fingertips
Technology has changed our ways of communicating, how we watch things, how we buy things, and even how we visit our doctor. It also poses more challenges than the vision of a doomed world taken over by robots, from privacy concerns to declining human interaction.
With social media and messaging apps, most interactions nowadays happen online. We communicate through filters, in front of our phone or computer screens.
While there is no filter to show you what the world will resemble in the future, there is always the ability to look back on what has worked in the past. That’s why we will continue to champion the value of our personal service, at your fingertips.
For more information about our 24-hour visiting doctor service please visit doctorcall.co.uk/OnCallDoctor or call our team now on 0344 257 0345.