Dissatisfied by long waiting times for doctor’s appointments, a growing number of Britons are turning to health tech to manage their medical concerns. Babylon has established itself as a game-changer in this space, partnering with the NHS to create ‘virtual clinics’ that could streamline care.
The number of people Googling symptoms and diagnosing themselves has reached worrying proportions, with 20% of Brits now turning to the web rather than visiting a GP. Be Your Own Doctor is a new programme from Channel 4 that wants to help viewers navigate this potentially confusing world.
With GP appointments increasingly hard to get, digital consultations are being hailed as a way to ease the pressure on the NHS. But would people feel comfortable talking about their medical problems through a screen? Canvas8 spoke to 20 Britons to discover how they’d prefer to reach their doctor.
There is more health data in circulation than ever before as DNA home-testing kits and biometric tracking apps proliferate. Canvas8 spoke to Barbara Prainsack, author of Personalized Medicine, to understand whether this level of personalisation in medicine is empowering or endangering patients.
In a precarious healthcare environment, Americans are Googling symptoms and seeking alternative remedies. Aiming to return power to the people, WEGO Health connects ‘Patient Leaders’ with health firms to ensure medical products are made with patient needs in mind.