Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director, announces plans to provide patients with Skype access to their GPs

The Press Association reports on plans announced by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh (at the launch last week of the DOH smartphone App competition) to allow patients to consult doctors online.

The plans are aimed at providing better out of hours access to GPs and easier appointments with specialists across the country which will completely change the way we deliver medicine… …I am looking at how we can put levers into the system to encourage doctors to do online consultations… …Once you have online consultations… …using online services such as Skype… …it breaks downs geographical boundaries. It opens up the spectre of 24/7 access

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6 Responses to Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director, announces plans to provide patients with Skype access to their GPs

  1. yes and if the patient can show their health data as I have already shown in a video with instant messaging (Skype “QRCode reader” and monitoring equipment displays a screen with a code2D (QRCode) this could be very interesting also for observance, etc.

    perhaps payement with QRcode on their phone 😉

    sorry for the language, I hope that’s clear.,

    • Hi Jean-Marc,

      Why would you use QR codes when patients have unique mobile numbers and a video call combined with a patient history (featuring an image of the patient) can assure a Doctor that she is talking to the right patient?

      In my direct experience QRCodes and Skype Video chats are great concepts but there’s a million miles and a business model getting in the way of adoption and reality.

      From our experience (since 2006 at 3G Doctor) providing the public with 24/7 mobile video access to informed registered Doctors there is a fundamental need for new models when creating new types of businesses.

  2. the idea is to send directly the health data to the camera… the doctor see his patient and the patient see the doctor while they speak the patient show the qrcode about his diagnostic device …a application with skype read the historic of de data health (qrcode) so with a mobile or pc it’s the same thing..

    an other interest is for the automatic e-procurement of care materials

  3. Jean-Marc,

    As you’re probably aware I’m a great believer in the value of patients sharing information for review by their Doctors BEFORE they meet.

    I think we should try where possible to exchange important data such as an identifier of a diagnostic device well BEFORE the consultation begins. There are several benefits to this with remote care because of the ability to collapse time and space eg. you can arrange things so that the patient meets with a professional who has specialist understanding, skills and is familiar with the use of this particular device.

    As for the “automatic e-procurement of care materials” whilst I see the opportunity for this I don’t see much scope for it during real time consultations eg. in the Tesco Mobile Scanner App (http://www.tesco.com/apps/iPhone/) where customers simply scan barcodes this is a behaviour they manage to do on their own without the need for a 1-2-1 video link with a remote shop assistant.

  4. Jean-Marc Pocard says:

    of course but … if , when the patient presente a QRcode “during the exchange”he send his data health and in the same time this system catch “how many times the patient have done a test for glycémia (example) . of course the patient dont need video but if the system could also to command materails of care or treatement (with Doctor agreement of course) it’s very simple and comfortable for the patient…

    sorry i dont speak very well…
    there’s lot of ideas with mobile and e-care 😉

    • “if , when the patient presente a QRcode “during the exchange”he send his data health and in the same time”

      Why would you not want to share important information with your Doctor before a consultation? What if the Doctor forgot to ask the patient to show them the QR Code?

      “”how many times the patient have done a test for glycémia (example)”

      I feel you’ve given a very good example of the important patient history information that is so fundamental to an informed consultation. Being “very simple and comfortable for the patient” may be desirable but when such important information is not shared remote consulting subjects patients to unnecessary risks, can be dangerous (and life threatening) and exposes Doctors to malpractice claims.

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