Coming soon: book an appointment on your smart phone

In what Britain’s health secretary calls “a decade of patient power” plans are being made to give NHS patients the same kind of smart phone access that banks give their customers.

“People should be able to access their own medical records 24/7”  Jeremy Hunt planned to tell an NHS conference on Tuesday (according to the Telegraph and the Guardian.)  Patients should be able to access records via smartphone by the end of 2018.

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Angel investor prescribes Dr Google.

Dr Aniruddha Malpani, who describes himself as an Angel investor with Malpani Investors, is gaining a lot of attention on LinkedIn by claiming that, “Lots of #doctors don’t like patients who visit #DrGoogle, but I find these #patients are usually smarter and more proactive.” Continue reading “Angel investor prescribes Dr Google.”

Human doctors will always be needed, Kai-Fu Lee predicts

While computers might help with diagnosis, and technology is making diagnosis more accurate, human doctors will always be with us.

Kai-Fu Lee, a popular blogger on Chinese social media, runs Sinovation Ventures, which invests heavily in artificial intelligence.  He sees this as the wave of the future, changing the way we earn and learn, as well as how we are treated for disease.  Tech crunch reports Lee as saying:

“AI is really changing every profession and every industry. There’s almost nothing that won’t be touched by AI.  You could easily imagine education applications for instance — AI could replace a lot of the basic teaching functions. Medicine and health are also key areas.”

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Reliance on technology could put care patients at risk, but did it?

The Cambrian News reported that in a care home two hours north of Aberystwyth, a nurse was using Google Translate to communicate with patients.

Yes, the adverts that we of the man using Google translate to book a hotel are cute, but is the device being mis-sold as a substitute for learning a language?  Would you trust an automated computer with your health?  Or even a hotel booking? Continue reading “Reliance on technology could put care patients at risk, but did it?”