In response to Joseph Conn's "Software helps docs ID depression":
I read with interest about the software's utility in saving time. I would use it as a document to be studied by the primary-care physician the night before the appointment. However, I would not use it to replace one-on-one information gathering and information giving opportunity, which a primary physician trained in communication skills must experience. The tool will help doctors direct appropriate questions during the information-gathering process and also remind the physician not to forget some pointed related questions, he or she would have ignored or forgotten to ask otherwise. One-on-one encounters between a primary-care physician and a patient are a sacrosanct time, and everything else should help make this time most satisfying and productive, which becomes the foundation of a doctor-patient relationship.
We run a primary-care clinic in rural India, and would be interested if the software company would be interested to see its application in huge rural India healthcare projects.
Gautam Sen, M.D.President Health Care InternationalMumbai, India To submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title and hometown.