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Are Phone Calls To Doctors REALLY That Innovative?

Guy Culpepper, MD touches on whether telemedicine actually served as a game-changer, or an attempt at something else.

June 7, 2022

The past 3 years of healthcare pseudo-tech has been nauseating.

Only Wall Street could sell the idea that phone calls to doctors you don’t know is “innovative”.

Some of us doctors have been calling patients for our entire careers, we just didn’t bill for it. Now that we can bill for the phone calls, your money mostly goes to Wall Street or insurance companies. Isn’t technology great?

 

Some of us doctors have been calling patients for our entire careers, we just didn’t bill for it. Now that we can bill for the phone calls, your money mostly goes to Wall Street or insurance companies. Isn’t technology great? Click To Tweet

 

“Innovative”?

 

The only game-changer here was the stock play.

They made enough money to buy Livongo, another pseudo-tech money trap.

Livongo’s most innovative technique was the way they manipulated diabetes data to exaggerate Livongo’s benefits.

I doubt the lawsuit will prevail. Healthcare Unicorns have more lawyers than healthcare providers.

That’s how the game is played. It’s like bitcoin without the bit.

 

The past 3 years of healthcare pseudo-tech has been nauseating. Only Wall Street could sell the idea that phone calls to doctors you don’t know is “innovative”. Click To Tweet

 

I have a brilliant innovation idea:

Imagine if you put a personal physician right in the middle of a neighborhood.

Someone who was trained to manage the full spectrum of care from infants to the elderly, and here’s the kicker… they actually got to know you.

We’ll call them “Family Physicians”, and they will be the greatest value in healthcare.

 

Imagine if you put a personal physician right in the middle of a neighborhood. We’ll call them “Family Physicians”, and they will be the greatest value in healthcare. Click To Tweet

 

It’s going to require some investment, but the return to our communities will be many multiples for generations.

Oh, and hey, we’ll give them telephones.

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