Imagine interacting with your doctor on a video call from your home or prescribing your own medication when an app on your smart phone tells you to do so. These were some of the ideas discussed at MassTLC’s healthcare event held at Mass General Hospital’s Ambulatory Practice of the Future (APF).
The event included a tour of MGH’s pilot ambulatory office which is the brainchild of Dr. David Judge, Medical Director of the Center and co-chair of MassTLC’s healthcare cluster. When you walk in, the APF feels more like a day spa that a clinic. In addition to soft lighting and comfortable seating, each examining room is full of technology, including twin flat screen monitors and a small table where the patient sits with members of their “care team” to review their medical history and lab test results. Everything, including the equipment that captures vital signs, is wireless so information flows directly into and out of the electronic medical record. The entire clinician workflow has been revamped with a focus on wellness and providing a full complement of services including nutrition and fitness coaching. Many times a patient can visit the clinic in person and then continue care using a virtual consultation using video conferencing technology.
After the tour, Dr. Judge was joined by John Moore from the MIT Media Lab for a Q&A session. John passionately described his vision of the future of healthcare, powered by the next generation of patient-empowering technology. He spoke in depth about his research that is looking at the impact of community-based patient support and the power of open source to enable technology to work collaboratively to help improve care and lower costs. We encourage you to learn more about Moore’s view of the future at Apprenticeship in the Management of Chronic Care.
Thanks to Tom Basiliere, CIO, UpToDate for this blog post.