We live in an age where medicine is a more personal process than ever before. As we unravel the genetic code, we learn which genes tend to invite diseases and which genes tend to fight them off. As we gather information about nutrition and exercise, we learn which activities and eating habits lead to chronic diseases and which promote good health. And as pharmaceutical companies create more advanced and more specialized medications, precision medicine is becoming as important as it is useful.
Personalization Versus Precision
“Precision medication” has a separate meaning from “personal medicine,” which is (hopefully) the process all patients go through which connects them to the specialists, treatments, and medications they need to fight their specific illnesses and stay healthy. However, this process typically starts and ends with the disease. As a result, physicians usually try out a number of different treatments and drug regimens until they find something that works.
However, precision medicine takes into account health factors like genetics, family history, the patient’s diet, and even his or her socioeconomic status (which can impact food availability and free time for exercise). By factoring these indicators into their prognoses, doctors can more accurately identify and prevent diseases, and they can also better predict which treatments will most likely work and which ones the patient will follow.
The Precision Paperwork Problem
Of course, the issue with taking in and using all this extra information is obvious to anyone who practices medicine: more forms to fill out and read through, more data to check against, and more information to pile onto an already overloaded system. Computer technology is improving all the time and it could theoretically make precision medicine easier, but taking advantage of these modern programs demands expensive system upgrades. Doctors and nurses will also have to get used to the new interfaces and find ways around the inevitable bugs.
The reason I founded ProScribe was to solve exactly this sort of paperwork problem. My company’s scribes can perform the administrative duties that take place in every clinic and hospital throughout the country so that the doctors, surgeons, and nurses can concentrate on the patients themselves.
Scribes don’t diagnose or treat patients, but they can take down and call up paperwork, answer the phone and schedule appointments, and file insurance claims. Most of our clients find that our service pays for itself when doctors can see just two more patients per day, and with our help doctors often see more than that.
Precision medicine can streamline the healing process, but it does so by giving doctors even more paperwork to deal with. Fortunately, ProScribe medical administrative assistants can handle the paperwork so that doctors don’t have to.