October 31, 2017

ABOVE AVERAGE IS OVER:

The rise of artificial intelligence means doctors must redefine what they do (BRYAN VARTABEDIAN, OCTOBER 16, 2017, STAT)

Much of what we once did with our eyes, hands, and ears has been replaced by machines. In my corner of the United States, a child who comes to an emergency department with abdominal pain is likely to have a CT scan before ever being examined by a physician. The stethoscope, the very tool that shaped and defined the bedside examination, began to be phased out as a way to examine the heart sometime at the end of the last century. Other more sensitive diagnostic modalities have dulled our capacity to understand and depend upon what we see and hear.

As the medically mundane is being replaced by machines, we are entering a post-human era of medicine. In "The Innovator's Prescription," Clayton Christensen and Jason Hwang describe the landscape of medicine as evolving from one of intuitive guesswork and pattern recognition to one of precise, targeted medicine -- care well-suited, it seems, for automation and artificial intelligence.

Posted by at October 31, 2017 6:26 AM

  

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