Interesting concept but who will pay for the service? Healthcare will at some point move away from emergency care to wellness.
BoardRounds is a startup helping hospitals stay connected with patients after they leave the emergency room — co-founder and CEO Benjamin Jack said the approach is “much like Google Now, but for healthcare.”
Jack comes from the medical world — he recently received his M.D. from Cornell. He told me via email that normally, when a patient leaves the emergency room, they’re given a phone number to arrange for follow-up care, but “most patients don’t call, don’t get the follow-up they need, get sicker, and return to the emergency room which strains hospital and health insurer resources.”
So what’s the deal with Google Now comparison? Jack means that when hospitals and doctors use BoardRounds, the app will automate the follow-up process, delivering “just-in-time recommendations for patients.” So it can help with scheduling follow-up appointments, arranging transportation to those appointments, and also setting up home care.
Jack said the…
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