UVa. Doctors Developing Medical Internet

July 23, 2014

Doctors at The University of Virginia Medical Center are looking at a new way to treat patients using technology they already have at their fingertips.

Dr. David Stone with the university's Center for Wireless Health, describes the "medical internet" as Google for caregivers; a cyberspace destination where they can look up conditions or aliments and see how doctors, around the nation, or even world have treated them.

"What would you do when you are stuck? You might call your old professor or something, but that is one person. This is calling all the professors," said Dr. Stone.

The database of de-identified patient care information could help doctors diagnose patients in real time. Dr. Stone says currently doctors are able to collect and store data, but there is no way for them to access it to help treat patients.

"Computers can see patterns and volumes of information that we can't do. Even the greatest smartest doctor has limited experience," Stone said.

Dr. Stone says while factors like privacy need to be fully addressed, they are currently working on a developing a prototype for the medical internet.

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