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text medicine? what’s that?! 🤔

text medicine? what’s that?! 🤔

TL:DR: with healphant.com you can be further in control of your health by texting your Doctor for a quick question, sending through your exams upfront so the Doctor can check them in advance, get a second opinion, etc.

turning the Privilege of some into a Service for all

Having easy and direct access to a Doctor can be extremely beneficial to a Patient. However, this is generally only possible because for those that have the Privilege of a family member or a close friend being a Doctor. They can just send a text, straight to their phone with that one quick question. Others are left with no choice other than to reach out to #DrGoogle.

healphant is here to make this a Service accessible to all!

healphant is NOT a telemedicine platform! 🏥

healphant is NOT here to replace consultations, nor to do virtual consultations (telemedicine). In fact, healphant is here to support consultations, by offering a communication platform between two parties: certified Medical Doctors from all specialties and their Patients. All via text messages.

why text messages? 🤳

Because we live in a time where immediate access to information is the standard! No one wants (nor should have) to wait, especially when it’s about our health!

Furthermore, this can all be done from anywhere, at any time. At a time convenient both to the Doctor and the Patient. Building on their medical relationship and relieving the emphasis on each consultation.

truly putting the Patient at the center! 🎯

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Patients can enjoy continuous healthcare, going from a fleeting interaction to a continuous journey with healphant and their Doctors.

By engaging in pre-appointment discussions and post-appointment follow-ups, patients and doctors create a more informed and collaborative care experience. Embrace a model where every step in healthcare matters, improving outcomes through sustained support and communication.

The slide outlines a concept called “Value-Added Healthcare,” which contrasts the traditional healthcare model with a more continuous and interactive approach facilitated by a system named “Healthphant.” Here’s a detailed explanation of what the slide covers and the benefits of the proposed model:

Current Healthcare Paradigm:

  • The traditional model is depicted as a timeline with minimal patient-doctor interaction. The patient thinks about their symptoms before the appointment but has no interaction with healthcare providers. The only real interaction occurs during a 20-minute appointment. After the appointment, the patient often remembers questions or issues they forgot to discuss, leading to gaps in care and communication.

Healthphant Model:

  • The Healthphant model introduces two critical interactions surrounding the doctor’s appointment: pre-appointment and post-appointment.Pre-appointment Interaction: Before the actual doctor’s visit, the patient engages in a conversation (presumably via a chat system) to discuss symptoms and prepare for the appointment. This proactive engagement helps tailor the in-person visit more effectively to the patient’s needs.Appointment: Similar to the traditional model, the patient has a 20-minute appointment with the doctor.Post-appointment Interaction: After the appointment, the dialogue continues. Patients can follow up with additional questions or discuss ongoing treatment strategies, ensuring they fully understand their care plan and next steps.

Benefits of the Healthphant Model:

  1. Enhanced Communication: By establishing open lines of communication before and after the appointment, patients can better prepare for their visits and follow up on any unresolved issues or questions, leading to more personalized and effective healthcare.
  2. Continuous Care: The model promotes an ongoing relationship between patient and provider rather than limiting care to the brief time spent during traditional appointments. This can lead to better management of chronic conditions and a more responsive healthcare experience.
  3. Improved Outcomes: With more consistent and detailed communication, doctors can offer more precise diagnoses and treatment plans. Patients are likely to adhere better to prescribed therapies when they understand their care plan and have their concerns addressed promptly.

The typical 20-minute consultation in the traditional healthcare model presents several limitations that can impede the effectiveness of medical care. Here’s an exploration of the challenges associated with such brief appointments and the implications for both patients and healthcare providers:

1. Limited Time for Comprehensive Discussion

  • Surface-level Conversations: In a 20-minute slot, there’s often just enough time to cover the basics of a patient’s symptoms and possibly receive a quick examination. This constraint means that deeper, more nuanced discussions about symptoms, lifestyle factors, and patient concerns may not occur, potentially leading to missed diagnoses or less effective treatment plans.
  • Rushed Communication: Patients may feel pressured to prioritize their most pressing issues, leaving less urgent but still significant concerns unaddressed. This can result in a fragmented understanding of the patient’s overall health and wellness.

2. Inadequate Preparation

  • Lack of Pre-consultation Information: Without preliminary interactions, healthcare providers may go into appointments with little to no background information beyond what’s available in medical records. This can lead to spending valuable consultation time just gathering basic information rather than interpreting already-known data and making informed decisions.
  • Anxiety and Forgetfulness: Patients often forget to mention critical details or questions during their appointments due to anxiety or the rushed nature of the consultation. Important health issues can be overlooked when patients are not given the time or means to prepare adequately before speaking with their doctor.

3. Suboptimal Use of Appointment Time

  • Administrative Overheads: A portion of the consultation often goes to routine administrative tasks like updating patient records or processing paperwork. This reduces the actual time available for direct patient care.
  • Delayed Start and Interruptions: Appointments can start late or be interrupted, further cutting into the effective time for patient care. This is a common occurrence in busy practices where providers must keep a tight schedule.

4. Consequences of Insufficient Consultation Time

  • Patient Dissatisfaction: Patients may leave appointments feeling frustrated and unheard, which can diminish trust in the healthcare system and affect patient compliance with prescribed treatments.
  • Healthcare Provider Burnout: For providers, the pressure to adhere to a strict timetable while delivering quality care can lead to stress and burnout, negatively impacting their ability to engage empathetically with patients.

Solutions and Enhancements

The introduction of pre-appointment and post-appointment interactions, as proposed in models like Healthphant, can mitigate many of these issues. By engaging patients through pre-visit discussions, healthcare providers can enter consultations with a clearer understanding of the patient’s concerns, optimizing the use of the limited face-to-face time. Following up after appointments can ensure that any lingering questions are answered and that the patient fully understands their care plan, leading to better health outcomes and greater satisfaction.