Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What your medical exam means: a clear picture brought to you by Wired.

A little bit of non-Michigan info, but I think this is important for everyone. In monitoring our own health, it can be difficult to sift through all the information out there: eating good fatty acids vs. bad fatty acids, raising LDL while lowering HDL, managing high blood pressure, etc. When we go into the doctor's office, we don't always come out with a clear picture of our overall health.

All the information is there but it isn't always easily digestible. I know I am guilty of forgetting one of the many lectures I get while in my physician's office. He's got a lot of patients to see and I have a lot of work to do. It would be nice, for both patients and physicians, if there were better methods of presenting complex sets of information from blood tests and other procedures. A literal picture of your health.

Wired, with the help of an excellent design team and a group of physicians at Dartmouth, has done just that. Take a look at their prototype. Color-coded indicators and 'you are here,' symbols on charts for blood glucose, vitamins and minerals are clear, and well organized. I think this is an excellent tool for those who are looking for a bit more clarity when they pay for a visit to the doctor's office. I hope we are headed in this direction.

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