What Will the Doctor Do?

In the near future, doctors will be the link between the science and humanity of medicine. They will listen and guide, while computers do the diagnosing…

Oncologist James Salwitz writes about the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan in a nice piece on The Health Care Blog:

“The doctor will no longer be the final fountain of health knowledge. The doctor will no longer propose or possibly even make diagnoses. The doctor will no longer design or recommend treatment. For all of these functions, for which we turn to the physician today, we will turn to the Health IT computer.

What will the doctor do? Serve as health manager as well as an input and output device; the vital link between silicon software and carbon wetware. The physician’s role will include not only understanding human beings, but also advanced computer systems.”


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