Interactive Kiosks Creating a HEALTHIER AMERICA?

November
16 2011

The idea came to life about 2 years ago, working to implement medical information into a “medical data collection device” that can perform regular health screenings and provide other medical related information to its users.

SoloHealth  (An emerging leader in the self-directed healthcare industry) is focused on increasing health and wellness education and disease prevention, through innovative technology design systems.

SoloHealth plans to launch its newest innovation and next generation in health and wellness kiosks.

What is the purpose? Theoretically, to reduce the time and cost of routine doctor visits and the search for available health care providers based on specialty or geographic location.

SoloHealth is offering interactive, medical kiosks that can perform regular screenings as they pertain to vision, blood pressure levels, weight and body mass indexes, and even an overall health assessment. The kiosks can also provide the “patient” with information about available doctors either based on location or medical specialty.

Check out the video here…

So, how much to use it? …..Free.
The goal is to build a healthier and more effective American Healthcare system, essentially resulting in a Healthier America. The strategy of doing so begins with use of these kiosks. They will be installed in highly trafficked retail locations and pharmacies such as Rite-Aid, CVS and Walgreens stores nationwide. You may have noticed blood pressure machines and such in similar store currently or in the past. These SoloHealth Kiosk Stations would replace such machines in these locations.

It’s hard to guess what type of promotional activities may be used to encourage folks to replace routine visits with their physicians for a machine. This seems like a very personal decision. Some people have dedicated relationships based on trust and security with their physicians.

But on the other hand, the reported rate of the population that is uninsured (as of Census Bureau 2010) is 16.3%.  This is about 49.9 million people. Surely a [large] portion of this group of people must not be seeing a primary care physician regularly, and is not receiving routine screenings that could potentially be substantially important.

From the eyes and strategy mind of a Social Behavior Change agency, I applaud the effort, and the goal that could potentially be achieved here. If this can get people to be more aware of some regular health stats of their own bodies, and gain tips to staying or becoming healthier, that is wonderful. So many people are unaware of simple health problems that can easily be maintained and managed with the proper knowledge. But, as we all are aware, there have been and still are significant difficulties in the ways people are getting healthcare treatment. Ongoing insurance issues, growing numbers of patients versus the amount of Primary Care Physicians available, the list goes on..

Perhaps using these kiosks will increase legitimate access to routine health care. Certainly they cannot replace doctors. However, simple screenings for vision, blood pressure and weight management are often times, issues that go unnoticed or overlooked by individuals. It is sometimes “not worth the time and hassle” to make an appointment for such screenings. So…by eliminating  the time and hassle it takes to get an appointment, go to the office, wait, see the doctor..etc… Some people may be less reluctant to ignore the screenings if they can be completed in the middle of their retail shopping trip. Perhaps, even if one was not going to the store with visiting the Kiosk in mind, they may be prompted to do so when they stumble upon it. For some, this could be tremendously helpful, especially if an unexpected result comes up.

This health and wellness kiosk has the potential to promote healthy behavior change. By providing a way for regular screenings to be done outside of the doctor’s office and in conjunction with people’s daily life routines… there could be astronomical increases in the nation’s wellness.

Convenience plays a huge role in the way people feel and act about certain things. So we may see significant use of these kiosks from people who do have a care provider and can afford appointments, but would rather not “find the time.” Not to mention the use from those who are underinsured or uninsured. They are eliminating the costs of copayments and appointments.  

What do you think?…Are these going to be an effective substitution for routine physician visits? Share your thoughts. Do you think any significant change in the wellness of the population will occur if people have access to these machines? Thoughts and comments warmly welcomed.

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