Reading the RCGP’s “The 2022 GP: Vision for General Practice in the future NHS” paper and I’m surprised and a little disappointed that there was only one mention of mobile.
To me it’s obvious to me that a RCGP member will not be permitted to practice medicine in 2022 without a Smartphone containing at least a comprehensive list of up to date reference materials – something that will become obvious as medical students who are breezing through training (thanks to mobile tools!) join the workforce.
The “Delivering more health care online” paragraph in which mobile was mentioned also gave me a few concerns:
> Already the entire context of talking about healthcare being ‘online’ feels to me to be a very out of date way of thinking.
One look in a GP’s waiting room today and you can’t fail to see mobiles being used by Patients and their carers but in 2022 I’m confident that there will no longer be a valid distinction in being “online” as opposed to being ‘offline’ in the UK. One of the key developments that I think will ensure this will be the M2M market eg. by 2022 everything that should be connected will be connected making the idea of being online or off-line meaningless just as today you wouldn’t refer to a patient being online because their smoke alarm is connected.
> It surprises me that the RCGP seems to be confused about how we will use mobile tech to connect with Patients eg. Just because a MRCGP Doctor is providing care remotely won’t make them or the care they provide ‘virtual’:
“By 2022, it is likely that patients will expect to interact with their general practice team virtually, supported by mobile technology and online access to their own medical records, to electronic prescriptions”
> The report highlights the inability even smart Doctors may have to comprehend or even imagine logarithmic transformations eg. by 2022 the functionality/features you can find on a Samsung Galaxy S4 super smart mobile will be available on basic easy to use phones marketed to seniors in the UK and on inexpensive phones used by billions in emerging economies (also worth noting that the economies of some of these may have actually overtaken the UK by 2022 which will quickly dry up the NHS’s steady supply of foreign trained healthcare professionals).
As you can read here this has happened before, we’ve always lived in changing times but the rate of the change has never been quicker.
What are your thoughts on the report?