Humans are simple creatures. We’re always looking for a way to reduce our condition to one measure. Check out James Hamblin’s latest Atlantic piece, The Power of One Push-up. It details the quest for the best single measure of health. It’s entertaining but maybe better suited for a 20th century audience. The problem is that our world is too complicated. Humans ... Continue Reading about The Human Quest for a Single Measure of Health
Running an algorithm for the management of a well-typed tumor or a child with a septic joint is relatively easy. But managing the expectations of that cancer patient or nervous mother is something more involved. Expectations are how we imagine the future given what we currently know and understand. Patient expectations are part of the human experience of ... Continue Reading about Human Experience of Disease and Patient Expectations
Are you for or against artificial intelligence in medicine? With the rise of machine learning in healthcare this is becoming more common question. When confronted with this question, MIT’s Max Tegmark responds, “Are you for or against fire?” Fire of course can keep us warm but can also be mishandled by arsonists and others with nefarious intent. The problem is our ... Continue Reading about Artificial Intelligence in Medicine – Are You For or Against?
Dr. Clay Johnston, Dean of the UT Dell Medical School recently riffed on artificial intelligence and doctors as an endangered species. It plays on our insecurities over artificial intelligence while recognizing that technology could be the very thing that saves us. A few rapid fire thoughts on some of his points. Artificial intelligence as our asteroid ... Continue Reading about Doctors as an Endangered Species | Quick Thoughts on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of the Physician
We’re excited to have Carbon Health as our featured sponsor this week. The ideas expressed, however, are shaped and written on my own. You don’t have to look far to find doctors and patients at odds with what happens in a clinic. Repeated questions, unfriendly EHRs and poor communication add up to a miserable experience for everyone. It seems way the information ... Continue Reading about Carbon Health – 6 Ways it is Reinventing Healthcare and Revolutionizing the Clinical Encounter
Clay Shirky’s recent Twitter post about the changing role of the human contact is telling: We are beginning to normalize automated transactions. And encounters with smart machines, be it by voice or web, are emerging as the way we interface with businesses. They are technologically primitive at this point, but they are priming the pump for smarter machine ... Continue Reading about Human Contact as Evidence of a Problem