Charles Nader
Co-Founder of Doc.com
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Digitalization: Road to Health Access

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:31

Q: How is your company disrupting healthcare practices and what will this mean for the long-term future of healthcare?
A: Disruption in healthcare will be broad and will come in different ways. We hope to be among the first lines of attack regarding education. For example, the overuse of antibiotics is now a big problem. Through our platform, we can provide the right information and advice to a patient regarding next steps and whether antibiotics are truly necessary. Ignorance is a major problem and auto-medication is the cause of many deaths. It is important for patients to consult with someone who has the expertise and authority to prescribe medication. Perhaps in the future, artificial intelligence will be able to make those decisions for the doctor but we are not there yet.
Efficiency is also lacking in the health sector. Hospitals are overburdened and, in many cases, receive people who should not be there. This affects people who do need hospital care. With our app, many people can receive healthcare without having to go to a hospital or even without having an insurance policy. We are not claiming that we are going to solve every health problem, but our system can help patients make better choices. The data we gain from our customers allow us to better analyze what is happening in the sector.