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What happens after self-diagnosis?

April 21, 2017

Roeen Roashan Roeen Roashan Senior Analyst, Healthcare Technology
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The insufficient number of physicians in the world, and growing demand for healthcare services, has led many initiatives that drive the enablement of consumers to self-diagnose at home. Last week, Final Frontier Medical Devices and Dynamical Biomarkers Group went head to head, as the Xprize finalists, competing to create a medical tricorder. Final Frontier Medical Devices came in at the top spot with its DxtER solution, which weighs less than five pounds, but can diagnose 34 health conditions. However, one key question is whether healthcare sectors are ready for self-diagnosis. Surely, the growing level of responsibility from patients will improve patient engagement, but do healthcare sectors have the capacity to attend to self-diagnosed patients, given that these diagnoses are clinically valid?

In an ebook from last month (, IHS Markit describes how healthcare will be delivered in 30 years, one notion being standardized residential labs that eliminate the need to visit a doctor to some extent. Beyond residential labs, IHS Markit expects virtual health assistants powered by artificial intelligence, drone emergency response, satellite clinics and other technologies to support automated healthcare delivery. None of which are currently possible, why it is likely that home self-diagnosis kits are redundant in healthcare today. Of course, self-diagnosis should speed up the process of treatment, but it is unknown how much it would improve outcomes, given the current nature of healthcare. In other words, healthcare delivery must be restructured to support automation; otherwise, innovation will become redundant and lack adoption.

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