4 June 2016 (Saturday) - Computer Assistance
Here’s an interesting article http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/the-real-cause-of-deadly-medical-errors/
The thrust of the argument is that bearing in mind patients may well be seen in various hospitals and clinics, for many patients there are effectively no comprehensively detailed medical notes. And for those patients who do have comprehensively detailed medical notes, most doctors don’t have time to read them.
The author advocates effectively a form of SmartNote; computer-assisted medical notes which can scan through and spot the salient points.
He stops short of pointing out that it is a very short step between a computer picking through the notes to having a computer do all the stuff that medics do today.
Is this *really* the future? I suppose that (if nothing else) it might counteract the ambulance-chasing sue-a-medic brigade. But is this really a good idea? I’m not sure…
Labels: journal review