The new process, online, doesn't complete until the AME enters data from his side. He just prints out your pre-app, they fill in the blanks as they go, then go enter it after they finish. So you will have a dangling application. Now when they switch to an online app from a tablet device they may completely take it out of the AME's hands. Don't laugh, it isn't too far off. It started with EKG's. The AME used to do it and mail the paper tape in. Now they have to send it by data link and the FAA medical makes the EKG call on pass fail. We tested a device in the Navy that used a reverse process to focus an image on your retina to check your eyesight. No memorizing the chart anymore. The issue was measuring alignment of your eyeballs, they didn't have that tech at the time.
So yes, in the future, when we all fly to the airport using jetpacks wearing white unitards. We will sit in a special chair while a computer checks our vitals and prints a barcode on our wrist to authorize us to fly. Right below our name, 'Not Sure.'