With about 7.5 billion people on the planet, you might think that some of them are bound to be the same — except, of course, they’re not. When you take into account people’s environment, education, experiences, and DNA, everyone is a little different. So wouldn’t it make sense for doctors to treat each patient as an individual?
Physicians have traditionally collected hard data: height, weight, heart rate, etc. And while that baseline data is important, there are other questions that can help healthcare providers get to know their patients better on a personal level.
For example, questions about a patient’s living environment and social behaviors. After all, 60 percent of factors attributed to premature death are linked to some combination of those two things. Patient care and satisfaction could improve significantly if providers used technology to get that information at the same time they recorded a patient’s pulse.