Good article about how the human touch cannot be removed! Myself as a tech person I probably research more information than most, but again when it comes to professional help, Dr. Google or any others are not going to replace the doctor. Again, I come back around to one of my favorite subjects, called hearing, touching and seeing. With text on a computer, you are not getting the same as a face to face visit. Sometimes technology for simple follow up and monitoring can be beneficial, but not for the entire visit and treatment plans at all times. There’s one thing text can’t do – it’s called listening! This tidbit comes from someone here who writes code and there is no way any developer can create something that is 100% ready to replace any professional in healthcare. Web cams can certainly be helpful for sight and sound to help resolve some issues, but as a patient we do not have the education and experience by any shape or form of a physician. It’s good to be informed, and the doctor patient relationship is teamwork. BD
I realize how incredibly tempting it is to reduce medicine to a series of algorithms. Wouldn't it be nice if we didn't need to see a doctor to diagnose our ills? Wouldn't it be great if our computer could tell us what's wrong, and prescribe next steps for us? Wouldn't it save money if we could triage peoples' medical needs without human intervention?
Hat Tip: Kevin, MD