The Medical Futurist Guide To Digital Health For Doctors
Do you as a medical professional have sometimes trouble to respond to the digital health-related questions of your patients? Have you ever wished there was somebody to create a handbook, a guideline that responds to the questions your patients have? Well, you need to search no more, as The Medical Futurist team has created the second edition of its Guide To Digital Health For Doctors – to download for free.
We often state that the digital transformation in healthcare first needs a cultural shift. From medical professionals through institutions to related governmental bodies, all stakeholders need to take this one step towards digitisation: be open. Open to realise when a good technological tool offers you a solution, helps you in diagnostics, in caring remotely or supports the patient towards healthier lifestyle choices. In short: digital health is a cultural transformation of traditional healthcare.
What’s in it for you?
Our vision at The Medical Futurist is to build a community of empowered patients, future-oriented healthcare professionals, concerned health policymakers, sensible health tech developers and enthusiastic medical students, and make this leap forward together. We do research and studies about and for the advancement of digital transformation, from theory to direct impact, and help individuals, institutions as well as governments in the process.
Today, when people Google their symptoms and use digital health technologies even before going to the doctor, it is more important than ever to be updated on the digital developments in healthcare and navigate through questions of digital health-related issues. That is why we created this short guide for medical professionals. It helps for ways of listening and answering patients’ questions related to digital health issues and offers a framework on how to respond to the latest challenges in patient-doctor communication in the 21st century.
Some of the issues we try to help you with it our Guide:
1) Googling health symptoms
People spend hours at home googling their symptoms and diseases. By the time they arrive at their physician, they have questions (and even answers) doctors just can’t anticipate. This is where this Guide comes in.
2) Patients using wearable devices
Healthcare has been going through a major transition because of digital health technologies that provide data to both patients and medical professionals. What to do with these data and how to incorporate it into medical practice is a difficult issue. With our Guide, we help medical professionals to orientate patients in the jungle of wearables, apps and devices.
3) Analysing genetic test results
Genetic testing companies offer multiple solutions for gene sequencing to find out more about a person’s ancestry, what diseases s/he is prone to, and what are possible traits and conditions that hide in the genes. Making sense of the data requires skills people usually don’t possess – in the Guide we give advice on what to do when your patient wants to know more about ancestry, health risks, paternity or maternity questions.
Ask Me About Digital! – The Medical Futurist Guide To Digital Health For Doctors aims to facilitate doctor-patient communication about digital tools and resources. This short and practical compilation features the most important questions patients might have, and offer answers, practical solutions as well as further resources for medical professionals.
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