The concept behind SavvyDoc was created in response to the nuisance of obtaining a doctors appointment. I usually took the brunt of this frustration as an intern where patients often complained of the months required to find an open appointment (and of course after months of waiting they were greeted by me, a doctor fresh out of medical school).As members of the first generation to fully adopt the internet as a tool for everyday life, it seemed logical that we should be able to find a doctors appointment with the same ease of booking a flight or making restaurant reservation. However, due to my experiences in medical school and as a general surgery resident I was well aware of medicines inability to incorporate IT into healthcare. It was the discord between the desire to integrate IT into healthcare and the reality that it is a slow and expensive process that led us to create SavvyDoc. We have created a web application that will allow doctors to easily create a profile to market their practice without incurring the high cost of web development and site maintenance. In addition by procuring a network of highly qualified doctors, SavvyDoc will be a reliable resource for people in need of medical attention.
By creating a transparent appointment system we are looking to make the task of finding a doctors appointment easier, especially in those circumstances where a last minute appointment is desired. Our goal with SavvyDoc is to make quality healthcare more accessible.In this forum I hope to illustrate the need for IT integration into the healthcare system. With my experiences at various hospitals as a guide I want to give my insights into how our current healthcare system functions and where I believe simple solutions such as web based appointments can have a huge impact in making U.S. healthcare more efficient. This is a pivotal juncture for healthcare in America, especially as we have begun the process of choosing the next President. A lot of what is being proposed by presidential candidates is sweeping change, which I agree is necessary, but more attention and resources need to be placed on making the healthcare system streamlined. This way we can ensure all persons receive quality care without burdening us with high costs. My goal is for the subject matter of my posts to be stimulating enough to provoke real conversation about ways to improve our health through technology.