By 2020, US will be short 200,000 physicians

By Brian Dolan
06:55 am

Gary WestDuring the West Wireless Health Institute open house event earlier last week, presenters noted that by 2020, the U.S. won't have enough physicians -- it will be about 200,000 physicians short, and there are far too few medical schools to make up the difference in the meantime: “Physicians need to be more productive with hours,” Gary West, chairman of the institute told attendees, according to a report in the San Diego Business Journal.

Another metric that came out of the event: The wireless health care industry is expected to grow into a nearly $2 billion sector during the next five years -- an impressive sum, possibly the highest figure we've seen yet for that time period.

“This is the biggest change — operating instructions at earlier age. [Wireless health] tools can help achieve prevention,” said Donald Jones, chief wireless officer for the West institute and vice president of health and life sciences at Qualcomm. “It’s remarkable innovation."

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Read the full write-up from the SDBJ here


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