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The New Trend in Healthcare: Do-It-Yourself

With doctors under strain in the pandemic, patients are taking more of their healthcare into their own hands
Wall Street Journal
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The New Trend in Healthcare: Do-It-Yourself

Consumers have finally demanded more in their health

In this Wall Street Journal article, you'll learn about:
  • Ongoing trends in consumer health adoption

" Frustrated with an overburdened health system, more consumers are turning to gadgets, home kits, apps and monitors for tasks and tests previously handled by trained medical workers. "

  • How healthcare professionals are embracing health tech

" Dr. Wright, who has a DNP or doctor of nursing practice, now asks patients to monitor blood pressure with devices they can buy at the pharmacy or on Amazon. She asks them to send her the electrocardiograms from their smartwatches and reviews the data at the end of each day. The real-time data reduces the need for in-office appointments and speeds up her diagnoses and referrals to specialists. "

  • Warnings about the gaps in consumer health technology

" Self-testing and monitoring have downsides, and many doctors are wary. Smartwatches, rings and other digital devices that measure, say, heart activity and sleep cycles, can be helpful but aren’t always accurate, doctors say. Neither are all diagnostic tests. "


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