It’s no secret that healthcare professionals sometimes make mistakes, that’s how some people learn what works and what doesn’t throughout the healthcare industry. Developing an average from multiple studies conducted on the subject, misdiagnosis accounts for 40,000 to 80,000 hospital deaths per year and diagnostic error lawsuits are are about twice as common as medication errors. The research showed nearly twice of physician errors were diagnostic versus drug-related.
Talks of “Room for Improvement.”
According to The Legal Examiner, in a related article, Dr. Newman-Toker and colleagues found that an average of 9% of strokes initially fall through the cracks in the ER. Strokes are often misdiagnosed because of the less specific symptoms.
David E. Newman-Toker, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology and otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, told the related article, “the process of getting diagnoses correct is not an exact science, it’s quite challenging. But we’re not performing as well as we could be. There’s room for improvement.”
Many things can be done to lessen physician’s errors with diagnostics such as checklists. However, turning the tables towards technology seems to be winning the race.
Next Generation Medicine.
“Healthcare should become more about data-driven deduction and less about trial-and-error.” There’s no question that technology replacements would significantly reduce the amount of seemingly mindless errors occurring. It’s been highly debated that the next-generation medicine will be able to advance diagnostics and medicine beyond what the human medical doctor could imagine.
“Thousands of baseline and multi-omic data points, more integrative history, and demeanor will inform diagnosis. Ever-improving dialog manager systems will help make data capture and exploration from patients more accurate and comprehensive. Data science will be key to this. in the end, it will reduce costs and physician workloads while improving patient care.”
Source: Fortune Magazine.
Just imagine how much healthcare would be improved if doctors could recall thousands of the latest studies and articles on a certain disease within minutes– most of the issues present today probably wouldn’t occur as frequently. Computers are able to take on tasks such as these and function better than the average doctor while completely them.
In this day and age, technology makes up for most things that humans can’t carry out. It’s being highly considered that in the upcoming years, 80 percent of what doctors do will be replaced and/or amplified by computers.
Maybe it’s not so bad.
Clinical trials showed when using a diagnostic knowledge engine, there was a 91 percent accuracy rate, without the use of labs, imaging, or exams. Overall, these studies show that the use of technology can only improve the industry.
The use of these emerging technologies will undoubtedly make doctors better at what they do. Diagnosis will become more accurate and quicker. Patients will be able to receive the best care they’ve ever been able to!
Even though new technologies will help to improve the overall performances of doctors and care the patients receive there are some downfalls. The major downfall will be the lessening demand for doctors–with datasets, less doctors will be able to achieve more. They time spent one individual patient cases will decrease significantly, therefore less doctors will be able to take on more patients.
It’s been predicted that rather than doctors spending the time to figure out diagnostics, “Dr. Algorithm” will provide diagnosis. Soon enough, doctors will be relying on technology for the majority of their work.