The Wall Street Journal claimed on January 9 that the future of medicine is in your smartphone. The claim:
Let’s say you have a rash that you need examined. Today, you can snap a picture of it with your smartphone and download an app to process the image. Within minutes, a dedicated computer algorithm can text you your diagnosis. That message could include next steps, such as recommending a topical ointment or a visit to a dermatologist for further assessment.
The article goes on to claim that there are already doctors that will see you and prescribe medicines to patients for the same amount of money as a typical copay. I disagree that this is the future of medicine for one reason:
The entire medical profession revolves around money, and the medical profession is not to blame. The blame lies with the government. Right now, I have no insurance, and it is cheaper for me to travel to Mexico for care than it is to stay here in the States. Why? Because the government is sticking with an outdated system where the only people who may compete in the medical sector are people who do things the way that they have always done them. This stifles competition and innovation.
Who profits the most from this model? The education industry and the insurance industry.