Doctors need to embrace new technologies or be left behind, e-health innovator warns Canadian physicians: André Picard
2019-08-12 from theglobeandmail.com
Doctors need to embrace and adapt to new technologies or face the very real possibility that the medical profession as we know it will disappear, a leading e-health innovator is warning.
“What if our very existence is threatened?” Dr. Alejandro Jadad, founder of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at University Health Network in Toronto, asked delegates at the Canadian Medical Association Health Summit.
He said technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, blockchain, robotics, genomics, personalized medicine and more are fundamentally changing health-care delivery, and physicians need to adapt or be left behind.
Imagine a cream that contains nanobots that are released into the body and perform surgery or cure an infection without a patient going to the hospital.
“Do you need many years of medical training to apply the cream?” Dr. Jadad asked.
During a hospital stay a decade ago, Dr. Jadad had an epiphany, realizing that all the patients around him wanted the same thing – to not be in a health system that treats them “like a piece of meat on a production line” – and that’s what technology promises.
Instead of resisting technological innovation, physicians need to shift to easing the transition for their patients and provide what they really want – personalized, consumer-friendly care and connectedness.
“If we don’t create the future of medicine, others will do it,” Dr. Jadad said.
Dr. Alexandra Greenhill, a Vancouver family physician who is also the chief executive of Careteam Technologies, had a similar warning about embracing technology or being overrun by it.
“AI is coming. The only choice we have is: Does it happen to us or with us?” she said.
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