Amazon buys One Medical

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/07/22/amazon-one-medical-faq/


I see the value of #efficiency and speed, but I'm still not on board with a lot of #telehealth.  In many circumstances, it alienates non-techy #patients and the #elderly


It also leaves more room for #medicalmistakes and potentially dangerous issues being overlooked by seeing your #doctor through a #smartphone or PC versus in person.

I saw it with a family member that could have never participated in a telehealth visit if I didn't lead the technology part for him.  I also brought my personal blood pressure machine and scale.  These numbers are critical in many circumstances. 


A lot can be missed.  For example, #vitals, nonverbal communication, #hygiene, and anxiety, just to name a few. 


Lastly, there is the #data.  Do I want the same company that knows my #lifestyle, hobbies, and or #diet being managed by the same entity that is handling my #healthcare


I do see a small #benefit with a clearly defined #population of a younger and more technically savvy #generation that can avoid frustrations of our current state of #healthcare and quickly get that specialist referral with a quick conversation from their home, but it's tricky and potentially hazardous. 


It will be interesting to see how this plays out. 


#amazon #telehealth #geriatrics #telemedicine #escript #change #hippa #databreach #communication #mentalhealth #technology #medical #generalpractitioner

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