Find a Doctor in a box

Description: Imagine a quick, inexpensive trip to the doctor at all hours of the night.


Date: Jan 15, 2013


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 Questions for discussion:

1.  Do you feel that this type of health care has a bright future? Why or Why not?

2.  What situations would this type of medical care be most appropriate or advantageous?


30 thoughts on “Find a Doctor in a box

  1. Mark(Xiangyuan Ma)

    I think this technic has a bright future because it will save people a lot of times. the last time my roommate went to the hospital to seea doctor made him waited for four hours. With this technic, he can get his answer immdiatly instead of meaningless waiting. However, it has a lot of drawbacks. First of all, it will increase the chance of misdiagnose for sure. Doctors can observe much better when their patient is next to them. Second of all, doctors won’t be able to touch their patient which is a significent way to diagnose the patient. Third of all, the doctor won’t be able to get the test result immediatly which is hard for doctors to diagnose the disease .
    The video says it is the same as the ATM. It is actually not as same as the ATM at all. People die if they don’t get the correct treatment, we are talking about life here.
    If its just cold or some light illness, this technic will work and save a lot of expense for both hospital and patient, also it will save a lot of time. However, if the sickness is serious, I think its better to see a doctor face by face. In conclusion, I think this ind of health care will have a bright future, but it will need improvement in many ways.

  2. Nothando Ngwenya

    I have very mixed feelings about this innovation. It seems to be really good as it provides instant care for someone whose situation may be worsened by the extra time that it would take to see a doctor, especially after normal working hours. I see it having a great future, but maybe only as a supplement as one waits for consultation with a doctor, or when one is travelling and falls ill but it unable to see a doctor immediately. I do not see it absolutely replacing a doctor. It is great that there is someone on the other side of the screen ,but I feel that this does not give the same satisfaction that meeting face-to-face with a doctor does. For example, a doctor is able to feel one’s temperature with his hands before he even uses a stethoscope and they are able to see the person’s face and body so as to determine what the extent of their illness may be. A screen could distort this in different ways, for example, if the patient is generally a photogenic person, they could look much better than they feel and not get the help that they need, or they could not be photogenic at all and look much worse than they feel, receiving more help than they need. I understand the fact that there is built in machinery that takes temperature, blood pressure, etc., but I do not think that it could give the accuracy that doctors are trained to give, at all times. A doctor can see past a patient trying to come across as stronger than they feel or breathing in a more stable manner than is actually possible for them at that point, but a machine is not able to do this, hence I believe it should be used as a supplement. This is very advantageous in an emergency or when one thinks one needs a check up but does not necessarily have the time to wait for a doctor’s appointment. It could also help parents who may be experiencing problems with their babies but have no knowledge of what measures to take before they run off to a doctor. It also creates an advantage on the business side as more people are given jobs that could help them advance within their professions as they learn how to deal with customers in all situations, especially those of an emergency.

  3. Hayden Rintoul

    I believe this type of health care definitely has a bright future. I believe this because the doctor in a box will provide the opportunity for people who are not as sick to step into the box and tell the doctor what is going on and be helped right away without taking away time from other sicker people who need more severe treatment in hospitals and what not. It will make it faster for both people checking up on a less severe sickness such as a cold or strep throat, to allow the people who need to see doctors in real life to get in much faster. Now none of this is possible if the machine is not allowed to print prescriptions because then I believe in fact you would be wasting your time and would have to go see a doctor anyway. The video never stated if it costs money to use the doctor in the box so some of these smaller issues may need to be revealed in order to decide if it will be useful to us or not. All in all I believe the doctor in a box definitely wouldn’t hurt to have in society but the question is to which extent can the doctor in a box help our health care system.

  4. Karleen Clark

    I think of this type of health care like an ATM (like they mentioned in the video). ATM’s are the same concept and they are now found everywhere! It is a simple but necessary service that has had clear flaws (wait times,. In Canada, it will be especially beneficial where ER’s are often very full and private clinics are not available. There will now be a place to go for non-emergent care and the ER’s will free up.
    Of course, there are disadvantageous to this. It is only possible to get full and good care with person-to-person contact – I believe a doctor may miss something in this situation. But that is why it is really only appropriate for non-emergent care and can really only work when symptoms are easily described or seen.
    I also think a technology like this has to be handled correctly and cannot be used to replace routine doctors appointments, or to cut costs in anyway. The health and care of humans is our most important public service and therefore it must be treated carefully. I think this technology, if used in the right way, can have a bright future in health care.

  5. Ekow Botwe

    I think this type of healthcare has a bright future but some restrains. Considering the fact that doctors cannot be in the office 24/7, this will be a very helpful innovation in the health sector. This will eliminate waiting for long hours and having to book appointments to see the doctor. It is very convenient and will be accessible to everyone who needs medical attention. But i think there will be a lot involved in terms of cost as well as maintenance for this to be available for usage of the general public. I believe doctors will have to be paid extra for working outside their hours. I believe that patients will be better diagnosed if doctors are available physically to attend to them. Having to be on a video call with the doctor in my view will not be beneficial to the patient. In case of emergencies for instance these boxes will not help in any way. The doctor must attend to you in person to prevent death or any mishaps. I agree to the fact that healthcare should me made accessible but this innovation will just solve about 40% of the problem. This system for me will be beneficial for seeking medical advice from the doctor or medical practitioner or screening patients who do not have any serious issue outside working hours. Personally this innovation can be likened to the work of a pharmacist. I would feel comfortable visiting a pharmacist than enter this box and treat myself. Obviously, for me, seeing the doctor will me more ideal and effective than to visit this box. First aid on another level. As far as I’m concern, limitations surpass the advantages with this innovation.

  6. Loraine MenicocheMoses

    This type of service can be good for the remote communities, where people do not have access to Doctors and require some immediate consultations. This health spot creation would require the use of technology and in remote communities, sometimes the internet connection is not always strong; but there are health care workers in the remote areas who are available. The advantage to have the health spot creation in larger centres, is that it would reduce the waiting lines and the long wait in the emergency room. It would be very beneficial for mothers with small children and for the Elders, who can be use this type of medical care. It does not mean that these people will not go to the emergency clinics if they feel that they need more assistance and when they are referred.
    This health spot technology is a great invention and it has a great future as I think that people would really use it. Then once it catches on and it is used more and more by people, would there be waiting lines at these health spots? A feasibility study would have to be done by the regional health boards to review the cost accounting to the health system if this system is to be implemented. It is still a great idea, and has a bright future on the health technology scene.

  7. sophia burgess

    I do think that this type of healthcare has a bright future because it shows how technology is being implemented in almost everything now a days. As seen in the other article, we can see that technology is now being used to grade essays. A lot more people are also becoming more familiar with technology and are willing to try it. Also this technology will lead to fewer people in emergency rooms. Being able to eliminate people in the emergency will help doctors give attention to those with more serious needs. This type of technology also has a bright future because sometimes like the video said doctors are not available and this technology allows for people to get help with their medical needs. Lastly, it saves time for many people. Often times people are left waiting for many hours in clinic or hospitals to see a doctor, but this method is very quick and easy to use.

This type of medical care would be most appropriate for situations which are not critical to a persons health. If a clinic was closed this type of technology would also be helpful because there is access at hours which clinics are closed. Another advantage of this technology is that people may feel more save and comfortable. Not having face to face contact with a doctor may allow them to open up about their medical problems.

  8. Chelsea Minor

    I believe that this type of system could have a bright future in regards to health care. Like the video had said this innovation allows for mother to bring their children in for minor issues and allows for them to get a quick diagnosis which they would not receive if they were waiting in the emergency room for hours. It allows for patients to consult with a doctor after office hours about concerns they may be having. The type of situation in which this innovative doctors booth would be most appropriate would be in hospitals and doctors offices. With the introduction of this booth it would allow for ER doctors to see patients in need of more urgent care then just a sore throat, cold or the flu. Although the video had discussed the ability for patients to get care when doctors offices are closed it would also help when doctors offices are open. Doctors would be able to take more patients per day if they had the booth open and available to patients during office hours. The few disadvantages I see when it comes to this new innovation is patients not getting the physical face to face contact that is sometimes needed, and the cost associated with bringing one of these machines in. Some private doctors offices may not have the funds needed to buy or maintain something like this as it has a doctor on call constantly as well as someone cleaning the station after every use. I believe that the first we will be seeing of these machines may be in hospitals as they would probably be able to afford them more easily.

  9. Britney Anderson

    I do not think that this type of health care has a bright future. I do not see a lot of value in the service. It is really difficult for a doctor to make a diagnosis via video conference with a patient. For example, the video mentioned that they hope it will be used for children that have minor ailments. If a parent is concerned their child may have an ear infection, how can the doctor diagnose without looking in the child’s ears? If a parent has some general concerns or questions, the doctor may be able to provide information and answer questions. However, diagnosis and treatment would be most effectively carried out in a hospital or medical clinic. The machine can be used to determine if a person needs to see a doctor, or should visit an emergency room. The “box” can check a patient’s vitals, which the doctor can use together with the patient’s symptoms to determine the severity of the medical concern. However, other countries and provinces have similar systems. For example, the Alberta government provides a service called Health Link, where citizens can phone and speak to a registered nurse about their health concerns. A nurse will assess the situation, and tell the patient whether they think the patient should be seen by a doctor. This service can prevent patients with a simple cold or flu from visiting the doctor, when unnecessary. The only benefit of the “doctor in a box” concept is that patients can talk directly to a doctor, rather than a nurse.

    This type of medical care is most advantageous for assessing minor illnesses, such as a cold or flu, without a patient having to visit the ER after-hours. In Canada, it costs the health care system more money when a person visits the ER than it does to book a regular appointment with one’s family doctor. The “doctor in a box” concept could be used during flu seasons, etc. to assess symptoms, give patients advice on how to get better, and would help prevent the spread of contagious illness, since sick people do not have to sit in a waiting room for hours, and risk getting others sick. This medical care may also be beneficial for working adults that may not have time to fit a doctor’s appointment into their busy schedules during office hours. Those individuals can visit a doctor after-hours, if their medical concern is fairly minor.

  10. Bayo

    I strongly believe this type of healthcare has a bright future because I have noticed some major problems in the healthcare sector, the fact that patients waist to much time in wait in line to see the Doctor, getting to the clinic , and the inability not to communicate after the stress of travelling a long way to see the Doctor this definitely the solution to few of many problems faces in the healthcare industry.

    it would majorly be appropriate for emergencies , it would help to get quality first aid treatments

  11. Devin Gerstenbuhler

    I do not think that this type of health care has a bright future. As smartphones, and internet use continue to expand so does the ‘i-doctor’ – basically consulting your smartphone/computer for any and every bit of medical advice – we will start to see a decline in hospital visits (doctor in a box visits included). Even if this machine were to be used what all could it do to help a situation? Your child is not sick? Go home. Your child is sick? Go to emergency. My opinion is bias because I’m from Canada, where a trip to the emergency room does not cost me anything more than half a day, so if I were American, I may have different thoughts on this. I think in the diagnostic stage this could be very appropriate. As opposed to trying to explain to the receptionist how runny your poop has been recently, you could let the machine take your temperature/pulse, and let it diagnose you with the flu before the doctor even arrives. There would be a huge market for this once we reach the point of having affordable household doctor in a box’s. If we could get to the point were we have an accurate identification without leaving our houses people would be willing to spend reasonable amounts of money one that, not to mention it would unclog a lot of the currently filled hospitals and clinics that are currently jammed with an armada of hypochondriacs who are certain because they sneezed this morning they have the most recently strain of h1n1.

  12. DongkaiZhang

    I do not think this kind of health system has a good future with some reasons.

    The first reason is the high cost. This kind of health system is too expensive for normal people.

    With this high cost, the benefit is getting the chance to meet with a doctor who may give same result to the people who really need help. It is a new way that the government could used to waste money.

    The second reason is the risk that the information may be share with illegal way. Because this new health system may use some information which include people’s very personal information such like social insures number.

    The last reason is the benefit is too small. The western medicine is one kind of medicine system that has too much limits to make sure every doctor will give the same result. This will make the differences between rookie doctor and best doctor is too small to say.

    However, this new health system gives new idea about the higher education teaching. Is it possible that the professor teach at his office with Internet. The cost will be reduced to the level that student could pay by themselves. By the way, the cost of education which part that the government need to pay will be reduced to very closed to zero. Reducing cost means making benefit and saving money.

    This kind of new health system may be have some kind of future in the future if the new health system could make more benefit than the cost.

  13. Onyinyechi Dikeocha

    I think this innovation has a bright future, actually very bright. There are many times I feel ill and I feel I need a doctor but probably not required to go the hospital. Such a scenario will best for such an invention. There are many times I have gone to the emergence room or walk in clinics and I have had to wait forever to see a doctor. When eventually called upon, I only spend a minute or so with the doctor because he or she is running to go see other patient. My problem was never actually listened to in great detail. Having a system where one on one discussion with a doctor is possible will definitely make life easier especially for mothers who have a quick question on an ill child but can be resolved by simply seeking advice from doctors on-line.
    As stated above it will be very advantageous in cases where you just need to talk to a doctor and express your symptoms rather than having to wait almost a whole day waiting on a doctor in emergence or during walk in period. You would not need to book appointments that never seem to be available in the nearest future. All these cut on the down time of the individual. It will also help in scenarios where the illness could be contagious. Take for example measles, chicken pox or even a flu. Keeping the child at home or asking a loved one to go to such a booth and ask for the views of a doctor will be very helpful rather than having to go the hospital where you probably would be quarantined. How embarrassing.

  14. Courtney Minor

    This health spot creation and very interesting and innovative in regards to health care. This type of health care provides patients to see able to see a doctor without having to go to the emergency room and wait for hours. The health spot provides patients with colds or flus the ability to see a doctor and receive a diagnosis much more quickly. This new innovation also allows patients to see doctors after hours when doctors offices are closed. Patients will save money and time and so will doctors by using the health spot. Doctors that are working in emergency rooms can prioritize their time to the most ill patients and with the creation of health spots they no longer have to spend their time checking up on patients that have the common cold. Another upside to using the health spot is that it gets sanitized after every patient but in an emergency room there are a crowd of people in the waiting room who are all sick and could cause you to get even more sick. With all this said there are still a few disadvantages to the health spot. A major disadvantage would not being able to see a doctor face to face. There are times that people may think they just have a flu or a cold but it could be worse and if there is no doctor-patient contact it would be hard for a doctor to properly diagnose the patient. Another disadvantage would be the cost of the health spot, to create this technology would be expensive.

  15. Jessica Bermel

    I think that this type of system is perfect for what the video mentioned, mothers taking their sick children to a place and not take up the space of another in the emergency room setting. Especially in countries like Canada, where health care is free, people unintentionally misuse the system by going to the ER for things like a sore throat. These issues take up space and time away from someone who actually needs it, such as someone with a broken and bleeding limb.

    Even though they mention “after hour care”, I think these type of booths have a bright future in doctors’ offices, hospitals, or even public settings during the day as well. Though these boxes aren’t necessarily conventional, that doesn’t mean they can’t become the norm, especially with their efficiency. It means people don’t have to wait at the doctor’s office or hospital to seek care, and can leave with peace of mind. Considering the boxes already come with a blood pressure machine and a thermometer, it will be interesting to wait and see how they develop. I would assume that in the future will most likely be upgraded to include a printer that prints off prescriptions. That way the medical field can limit the amount that with non-threatening viral/infectious illnesses coming in and out of their facilities. No longer will people have to go into a doctor’s office and cross- contaminate these sterile places, instead they can check in, get diagnosed and be sent on their merry way with a prescription.

  16. shane grant

    This is probably one of the coolest pieces of technology I have ever seen. This type of technology has so much potential with helping out in the healthcare industry. The implementation of this booth could have a critical effect on ER times alone, bringing them down dramatically. This booth is there so that mother can bring their child to it and get a doctors opinion without waiting hours in and ER and reducing time for patients that really need to see a doctor.
    The situations for this technology are appropriate for example would be to put something like this in an elderly home. People can get a checkup and get their blood pressure taken while on skype with their doctor and it could be 5 steps from their room. Another good place would be at a pharmacy, you could get a checkup and get a prescription at the same time. The advantages could also be that this could make for faster patient turnover and making it much more effective for the healthcare industry. It’s an overall much needed piece of technology that the government should be backing up.

  17. Carmen Wu

    I believe that this invention would have a bright future, because this health care station can help to reduce the waiting time of the patients who line up in clinics. In the clinics, usually patients just see the doctors and describe what symptom that they are having, then the doctors identify what illness that the patient is going through. Of course, there are so situation that the patient’s blood pressure and temperature need to be taken, in this health care station can also be achieved because it already equipment with this essential facilities. These health care station make seeing a doctor more convenient, which its not necessary to talk to a doctor face to face. However, these stations cannot deal with emergency or any other kind that need to be examined by taking an X-ray or ultrasound. These can only deal with some small illness such like cold, flu, or having a diarrhea, and I believe that over the LSD screen, the doctor can not only identify sickness of the patients, but also can print out the prescriptions for the patients. These stations can significantly reduce the waiting time in the clinics and leaving more time for the emergency to help the patients who needs more advanced medical equipment. On the other hand, as the population is growing, these health care station will be widely spread as the command is increasing, in which way can share the heavy burden that most of clinics are having nowadays. I do believe that there is a bright future for these health care stations but emergency department is still irreplaceable.

  18. Anton Golubin

    At first, i do not think that “a doctor in the box” is a really cutting edge invention. This invention( as i understood from the video) feature following things: An LSD screen, thermometer and blood pressure monitor – all these things many people in America and Canada can easily find at home. Hence, if “a doctor in the box” is supposed to be used in these countries – it will be waste of money because it does not matter whether you see your family doctor in person or via Skype – one still have an access to him, and the doctor still has to spend the same time on medical examination. Unless, this box will be featured others (many sophisticated) tools which some clinic do not have access to – it will not manage to replace a real doctor. However, there are a lot of poor countries that are not able to pay or give facilities for doctors (or do not have enough doctors at all) in each village or even small towns. Hence, for these countries this box can become a really significant invention because it can help reduce a cost of medical services, give opportunity for people in a sparsely populated areas for medical examination and sometimes even prevent deaths. Because in this case, doctor does not have to travel from one patient to another wasting his or her precious time and can concentrate only on his or her main job. Thereby, the number of patient will increase and many people in rural area will be able to get medical help. It is also significant for people who leave in rural areas as they often do not have even a thermometer (and do not even heard about pressure monitor at all).
    In conclusion:
    1. “a Health Spot” is not really useful for well developed countries as it does not obtain any facilities that go beyond of a family doctors abilities. And it is supposed that in developed countries one can find families doctors in each town or village.
    2. “a Health Spot” can be useful in non-developed or developing countries with many small towns and villages and with shortage of medical stuff or facilities.

  19. Mia Angelica Alcantara

    Yes, I do. It is not completely taking away the human component of clinical assessment but making doctors available to more people at their time of need. It is called Telemedicine. I think that this might be applicable and actually needed in certain parts of the world where access to specialized doctors are rare or nonexistent even. We have done projects like these in the Philippines where our geography limits most of the people from access to doctors. With the advances in communication, increase broadband and faster internet speed, this would actually be feasible. I am concerned about the cost though and the business model for the physicians. But, I would think that doctors would be open to this type of technology albeit not all of them would be. It would also need training and good equipment to be able to capture assessment values (blood pressure, breathing, etc) through the device.

  20. Jared Arsenault

    I feel like this health care has its limitations. For the most part when patients go to the doctor it is because they have more than a cold or a fever. From what I understand this unit cannot write prescriptions or perform any sort of aid to patients in distress. So it might be helpful in screening out patients that don`t have any serious medical issues to save the doctors time for more serious issues. If the end result of the visit to this new health care unit is that the doctor on skype just tells you to go to your local emergency room then you’re actually just wasting more time than if you would have just gone to the ER in the first place. It seems like with the limitations of the health unit it’s more of hindrance that a help especially if your health care is free anyway. This may be more practical in the United States where people avoid going to the ER solely because of the cost. But here in Canada I don’t see there being any use for it. If your “sickness” can be influenced by a conversation with a doctor on skype then you could probably get the same experience talking to a pharmacist at shopper’s drug mart. I can’t see myself using it in the future and don’t think it is very practical or helpful when you consider why people actually need to see a doctor. I still wouldn’t feel any more comfortable listening to a doctor telling me how to give myself stiches than just watching a youtube video about it.

  21. raeesa jiwa

    As the human population grows, and infrastructures such as hospitals become more burdened this particular innovation can ensure flexibility for patience and doctors. Because of the 24hour availability, it could really reduce the burden in the emergency room, and free up time for serious illnesses by eliminating the time consuming, but less serious situations. This innovations is a great example of machine and man coming together to improve the quality of life and raise the standard of living. I think that in the future this technology would be very valuable although it may currently need some more testing and refining.

  22. Vanessa Kerychuk-Matus

    I believe this type of health care technology is extremely advantageous and has a very bright future. It seems as though the biggest concern related to health care is the backlog faced by patients who are attempting to connect with doctors and medical professionals who are extremely over worked. Even in the most developed countries in the world, there seems to always be a shortage of health care professionals and patients pay the price. Sitting in the emergency room for 5 hours or more just to see a doctor for all of 15 minutes is incredibly frustrating for patients and doctors alike. With this advancement in health care, it seems likely that patients would get a lot of use out of the easy-access and less-time consuming option. I believe customers would very quickly adopt this technology and use it fully and with great enthusiasm. It may also help those patients who really dislike meeting personally with doctors to discuss medical issues. It may bring a type of anonymity to health care which some patients may really appreciate and thus be more willing to utilize. With the approval of customers, and doctors as well, there would be no stopping such an invention. It seems as though technology such as this would be most appropriate and advantageous in regions or countries where access to medical assistance is difficult or expensive. In other words, developing countries would benefit the most from this “Doctor in a Box” concept. However, some obvious limitations (such as cost and availability of medical representatives) would hinder the implementation of this technology in those types of regions.

  23. Emmanuel Makoni

    In my opinion, this type of health care has a bright future in the medical field. The best part about it is it is not trying to replace the hospitals but it is providing an alternative. This provides many advantages. The biggest advantage is that it is a twenty-four hour product and that means that it is available to everyone at all times. This makes it easier for those who are in an emergency at late hours of the night and it can also determine if a situation is an actual emergency or if it something that can is not of immediate concern. Another advantage is that the machine includes a video conference with a real life doctor who can help those who are utilizing the machine. This is good because it is a convergence of human and machine for best results. It is not just a machine trying to replace a real life doctor which would be disastrous in my opinion. This type of situation would be most appropriate and advantageous in situations where one is not able to discern whether a condition that has just occurred in the middle of the night is of major concern or not. And the good part about it is that people without life threatening emergencies do not cause extremely long waits for those who actually need immediate help. Another advantage of this machine is the fact that people know that there will always be help for them no matter at what time. the only thing that needs to be worked on is ensuring that this machine is installed in as many locations as possible so that people do not have to drive long hours to get the medical attention as this will be unreliable for them.

  24. Megan Plummer

    I think the HealthSpot is an ingenious idea! The fact that you wouldn’t have to wait in the emergency room over something potentially not critical is amazing. It will greatly reduce wait times as often patients don’t have horrible problems but their symptoms cause them to be worried (especially if they decided to use something like WEB MD to search the symptoms in the first place). The overwhelming shortage of doctors in emergency rooms is high as it is but perhaps an innovation such as this would be able to help elevate even the pressure they themselves feel. The fact that it would reduce costs for hospitals is also an excellent advantage this technology is providing, resources they have on hand could be saved for more critical patients that come in. I like the fact it’s a Skype session and not something like WEB MD, (every second symptom has a risk of “death” associated with it, which I’m sure is alarming if you use it to self-diagnose) it makes it more personal and would leave patients with a better since of knowledge to deal with their medical problem. Of course this is not perfect for every situation, but most patients would be well aware it is not for critical situations and that the ER is still needed for anything major. I know we have a hot line here for calling to see if they think you should get to the emergency room or give you advice , I have not seen numbers on this but I imagine it has helped cut down on wait times in Alberta and this is even better. Personally I would not be afraid to give this a try if I felt the need to see a doctor after hours.

  25. Philomen Kadima

    I do think that this type of health care has a bright future because it is being advertised as an additional service to health care, therefore it is not taking away from our usual healthcare service we would receive in a day. It is also an after hour’s service for non-emergency situations; I don’t see an issue at all with someone being able to simply Skype with a doctor and be given some useful advice and information on how to handle a situation. The station is also being sanitized between visits, which is not only encouraging but reduces concerns about using the health spot stations. What will be interesting to see would be what the wait time would be and whether it will shorter or longer than in emergency rooms.
    This type of medical care would certainly be most appropriate for miner illnesses such as colds and flus just as mentioned in the video; it will also be a good place for new mothers to go as they tend to have more worries and questions about any little issue they may encounter with their babies. It would also be very advantageous to people who cannot find or have family doctors, as they can be assisted at the station despite not having a doctor. I believe that if this service is able to have more patients seen by the doctor (on Skype) sooner than ones in emergency rooms, then it can certainly be a very successful endeavour, that I might really give a try.

  26. Josh MacNevin

    I think this is a great thing that could work very well in certain situations. It would free up the ER for those who actually have real emergencies, and enable those doctors to focus more on the patients in critical states. Also these boxes would give the general population greater access to medical professionals to possibly catch early warning signs of bigger problems that might not have been caught had they not had that kind of easy access. Obviously this is not a replacement of the current system, and those with serious problems would be well advised to by pass this type of “doctoring” but in many mundane cases I feel this could be beneficial.

  27. Kelly Bateman

    This type of invention has a bright future in my eyes because of its capability and flexibility. It is very efficient and definitely a time server!! Not only does it provide these positive aspects to patients, but also to the doctors as well. I could see this being very positive in aspects such as doing simple tests, such as blood work or phlegm or simple infections. A drawback of this invention would be that the doctor isn’t there in person and can’t do an actual personal assessment of the patient. If i were to be in a very serious medical condition, or feeling super super horrible and i didn’t even know what was going on, i would want the comfort of being in the presence of an actual tangible doctor.

  28. Sidney Bouma

    I think that this health care will only get more popular as we move on. With the way that technology is improving, it is only a matter of time when everything can be done at home. Patients get the convenience and the access that they want. Doctors are benefited as well. When people have to go the hospital for a problem, it can be a terribly long wait. Sometimes it can be simple issue that can be resolved in a few minutes but instead we are stuck waiting for an hour or so. Hospitals can save a bunch of money by not having to deal with petty problems that can easily be dealt with in other ways. This will save health care many dollars and can focus doctor attention on other things. Doctors are highly knowledgeable and skilled people that should be used wisely. This way, we can focus their minds on problems that require alot of knowledge and a professionals mind. One thing that would be a drawback would be the lack of personal touch and advice. If the situation is very serious, the doctor wont know about and make the recommended treatments. Somethings cant be diagnosed from home and need personal attention. This would be very good technology for problems that can be diagnosed from afar. If patients can be saved the trip to the hospital, they will be much happier. Not only is the doctors valuable time not wasted, but the risk of contagious illnesses being spread is eliminated. This would be a major benefit of the technology.

  29. Cory Hoffner

    I believe that the Health Spot does have a bright future in the medical industry. The convenience, portability, and flexibility will provide patients with a well-needed option in the health care industry. Patients can wait for hours in the emergency room to see doctors regarding colds, flu, and pains. With introducing the Health Spot, wait times will be much quicker for serious patients in the emergency room, and it will be more convenient for a patient to get looked at immediately. The only downside to this innovation, like Easton said, is that doctors will not be able to get a clear diagnosis. Technology is always changing in the health care industry, but not being able to have a full diagnosis from the doctor is the only drawback I see with this invention.
    I also agree with the video, in that the Health Spot is ideal for children. Having a quick and effective place to diagnose a sick child is a great alternative to waiting in the emergency room for a doctor or making an appointment to see a doctor in his office days ahead. It is also a great tool for minor injuries that could otherwise fill up emergency rooms. This innovative machine will increase the patient’s experience within the medical system as well make it much more efficient.

  30. Easton Smith

    I believe that this type of health care has a bright future because it provides flexibility to patients as well as to doctors. When you go to an ER to see why you have a fever or why your headache won’t go away, and you have to wait for a few hours on end to get a simple answer, it’s quite frustrating. This innovative way to make medical care more efficient will save the industry a lot of money by saving wasted time. There is, however, some drawbacks such as the most obvious one which is that doctors won’t be able to get a full understanding of the cause if it is serious and the doctor needs to touch or feel certain body parts, ect. Situations where this type of medical care would be most appropriate and advantageous would be for minor inquiries from patients that doctors could answer through a monitor. This would benefit the Emergency Rooms of hospitals by helping those patients with serious injuries or illnesses get to doctors faster to get the treatment they need. This type of innovation would help prioritize doctors valuable time, and will most likely have a bright future in the health care industry, revolutionizing it, as ATM’s did with the banking industry.


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