Futuristic gadgets and smart software mean shorter visits and more comprehensive care
Taking the concierge model even further is the startup Forward, which was founded by a pair of of Silicon Valley heavyweights previously employed at Google and Uber, respectively.
It recently opened its first location in San Francisco, and is reinventing the doctor's office as what might best be described as a futuristic spa. For $149 per month, members gain access to a top-notch, technology-focused medical practice, with many of the same mobile perks provided by One Medical.
Its standout features, however, are in its physical facility, which is equipped with some truly next-level gadgetry designed to streamline your visit and improve the quality of your care. For instance, rather than have a nurse or PA check your vitals before the doc comes in, patients step onto a special body scanner in the lobby, which does a once-over to collect all necessary info (height, weight, heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, etc.) and can spot potential problem areas for the doctor to pay extra-close attention during your appointment.
As TechCrunch reports, Forward's exam rooms feature tools designed to get you in and out of the office quicker (e.g., an infrared vein detector, proprietary digital stethoscope that doesn't require you to take off your shirt). Each room is also appointed with a giant screen, which visualizes the intel gathered by the body scanner, and displays info served up by the company's proprietary AI software, which can make medical recommendations based on your medical history and your genetic code (it'll also sequence your DNA to determine what your hereditary risks are for cancer).
The AI's insight isn't there to replace or usurp the doctor's expertise, but is rather a tool for them to consult, ensuring nothing is overlooked. There's even speech-to-text software that transcribes what's discussed during the exam, which is tidily filed away in your health records.