Remember the movie Minority Report? It explored the notion of “Pre-Crime.”
There’s an analogue in healthcare– getting to “Pre Spike.”
Think about it– traditional medicine is about a human encounter typically at the time your symptoms pop outside the norm, or AFTER this happens. Often, you hear the platitude “if we had only caught this earlier….”
That’s why today is the very best time to be a doctor. In the pre-mHealth era, doctors spent voluminous time COLLECTING the dots (data) … so they could then CONNECT the dots (figure out what’s wrong with you), so the right therapy can ensue. I imagine this might have been 80/20– with the 80 being dot-collection.
Leaving far too little time in the average seven-minute appointment for the discovery.
Now, as the Tom Cruise character represented in Minority Report in the scene depicted above, there will be plenty of timely, rich data, presented in cogent manners, such that the doctor can focus on teasing out the Eureka.
When I hear about efforts such as the Qualcomm Tricorder Prize, it makes me think about how doctors increasingly will be pure decision-makers, not frantic data-chasers.
Qualcomm is looking for what they call “Healthcare in the Palm of Your Hand.” Yet it’s really an era where the right/rich data will be boldly on the physician’s computer or mobile screen, such that we pivot neatly from the Spike to Before-the-Spike, where better outcomes live.