I began to virtualize the way I manage my health several years back with the launch of ZocDoc, which provides an online system to locate and schedule appointments with doctors (similar to the way we use OpenTable for restaurant reservations). Flash forward to today, and my functional medicine doctor lives almost 2000 miles away. We keep in regular contact through email and set up monthly 30 minute consults over Skype (we do meet face-to-face at least once a year). He has access to all of my lab data in addition to other QS-related data I provide (there’s a misconception that the quantified self movement is “anti-doctor”, which is not the case – the issue is finding the right doctor(s)).
But things are just getting started. A number of mobile health/telemedicine-related technologies are coming to market that will continue to disrupt healthcare – by not just saving time and money, but potentially saving lives and allowing patients to have access to the best doctors regardless of geography. Dr. Eric Topol talks about the impending democratization of health care based 8 key consumer drivers: sensors, labs, imaging, physical exams, access to medical records, transparency of costs, and digital pills.
Here are a few examples of mobile health apps I have recently used: