Smartphones are changing the way doctors treat patients: welcome to the future of medicine
A patient with depression, whose doctor hasn’t found a drug that works, knows the anguish of the long wait. She tries a drug for a week, reports to the doctor, tries longer or changes meds, and reports back again.
Feeling better can take months. What if doctors could land on an effective treatment sooner?
Ayal Schaffer, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, recently asked himself that question. And, he wondered, what if patients could report on how they were doing, every day, from their homes?