Will Do Well in A Digitized Health
The devices and connectivity so essential to modern life put unprecedented power in the hands of every individual - a radical redistribution of power that our traditional institutions don't or can't understand.
Nicco Mele, The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath, Mcmillan, 2013
machines are providing not only the brawn but the brains, to, and that raises
the question of where humans fit into this picture – who will prosper and who
won’t in this new machine economy?
Cowen, professor of economics at George
Mason University, “Who Will Prosper in the New World?" New York Times, September 1, 2013
In a New York
Times essay, professor Cowen lists
these people as progressing or receding in a computer-driven age.
says those prospering will include: The conscientious
grinding away on online courses, people who follow online instructions, gifted marketers who combine a marketing
touch with technical skills, motivators who can coach others to do well.
who will not do as well include: people with delicate feelings who are not
open to computer-driven suggestions,
people who neglect the computer as a source of health information, people who have a libertarian world view, and
political radicals who look abroad for jobs and inspiration.
After reading these two lists, I came up with my list of individual physicians who I
think will do well.
1. Young geeks who cut their teeth on computer-driven
care and feel comfortable with it.
whose incomes depend on images and skills that computers cannot replicate, e.g.
radiologists, dermatologists, and anesthesiologists.
who develop technologies that can
accurately predict development, presence, and consequences of disease – chances
of hospitalization, disability and
4. Humanists skilled in computers who know how to
leverage technologies to capture and hold attention of patients.
5. Patient-engagers who know how to use voice
recognition technologies to talk to patients and to document and share their findings with patients.
6. Doctors who use computer-interviewing programs in which patients do the bulk of the
who employ telemedicine to interview patients and record patient generated
smartphone data to inform patients of the state of their diseases.
who use continuing online education to
advance their skills and stay on top of their fields.
who use computers to do most of their work at home are outside of hospital
settings in decentralized locations.
who know how to mobilize physicians and patients into groups held together by a
mutual interest in connecting social media technologies.
of the future will have to master computer technology and human engagement, marketing, and management skills to succeed.
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