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Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List

By The Wall Street Journal

September 13, 2021

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The pandemic has disrupted annual doctor visits, and digital technology, imaging, gene sequencing, and artificial intelligence (AI) will likely further virtualize physical examinations.

Adding more technology to physicals could further distance the doctor-patient relationship, but designers of digital medical technologies see opportunities for improvement.

Rochester, MN's Mayo Clinic is sending laboratory kits to patients ahead of physicals, so patients can get blood sampled at local clinics for standard and genetic analyses, then discuss the results with physicians virtually.

Mayo eventually expects to collect additional patient data remotely using smartphone and smartwatch applications, wearable sensors, and blood pressure cuffs.

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