Apple Health now makes it easy to get our health data. It’s a good start, but we have a long way to go to catch up with the data tools now commonly available for personal finance. Luckily, those tools give us clear examples of how to provide “effortless insight” in our personal data, whether for money or for health.
Jim Cramer of CNBC thinks Apple should buy leading electronic health record provider Epic Systems in order to boost investment enthusiasm, and to allow Apple to integrate all of our health records across institutions. But buying a teeny-tiny EHR company won’t build excitement, and Apple’s already making moves to get us to health record nirvana. Here’s why Jim’s wrong.
So we’re supposed to be disappointed because a computer sitting on a desk provided a treatment recommendation for a particular patient, and it was the same as the one picked by the medical specialist who had trained for more than a decade to do the same thing?
Nearly sixty-thousand medical practitioner jobs have already been eliminated in the United States, not by the coming specter of artificial intelligence or robot doctors, or even by minute clinics, but by the over-the-counter medication and a re-definition of which diseases are “self-treatable.”.
In May of last year, a team of surgical researchers from Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC described something never before seen in the operating room: a “Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot” (STAR) system capable of performing truly autonomous soft tissue surgery—and performing it better than human surgeons.
The top area of active healthcare executive interest reported was in using digital innovation to better utilize patient-generated data — but a large majority of respondents were not seeking any solution in that area.
In poor countries, the impact of mobile AI could be far greater: it could bring medical expertise to literally billions of people with smartphones who have never before had access to any kind of such expertise.