Will computers make us more human? The argument has been made as AI continues its march in and around us. It’s kind of an odd question because how can we be more human than we already are? We can only be as human as we are. We can only be us. Okay, you could reasonably argue that technology has pulled us away from one another and made us more distant and ... Continue Reading about Can We be More Human?
This JAMA editorial, Clarifying the Language of Clinician Distress, offers a look at the complexity of physician burnout. The piece suggests that rather than talking about burnout we need to more precisely describe the problem for what it is: Moral distress. Moral distress, according to the authors, occurs when a doctor believes they know the right thing to do ... Continue Reading about Moral Distress and Pet Theories of Burnout
I’ve always believed that the technology sold to us by Silicon Valley is push, not pull. In other words, these gadgets are solutions looking for a problem — not the other way around. Like the gadgetry showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show, there’s stuff we don’t need but we’re told we can’t live without. But this look at the Consumer Electronics Show in ... Continue Reading about Consumer Electronics Show as a Reflection of our Misery
This quote from Jeff Howe and Joi Ito in Whiplash is worth a look. It references the birth of film as a technology and reminds us that technology is useless until fueled by human ideas: Ponder this for a moment. It took eight years, hundreds of filmmakers, and thousands of films before someone conceived of the new technology as anything other than a play in ... Continue Reading about Technology is Useless Until Fueled by Human Ideas
In a field now awash with data and technologies, physicians are preparing for the transformation of patient care, according to the 2020 Health Trends Report, The Rise of the Data-Driven Physician, published by Stanford Medicine. The report documents key trends steering the healthcare's future, including an emerging digital health market, new laws opening patient ... Continue Reading about Data-Driven Physician – 2020 Stanford Med Health Report
The AMA asks if we can create doctors better equipped to deal with the EHR. The question lit up Twitter and its growing numbers of health professionals. But this is the wrong question. Framing the question becomes important when you consider how we have related to our tools as a profession. Technology has traditionally served to extend the hand of the ... Continue Reading about Industry Applies – Man Conforms