The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age

The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age

The manhattan Times technology Bestseller from Robert Wachter, Modern Healthcare’s no 1 such a lot Influential Physician-Executive within the US

While smooth drugs produces miracles, it additionally grants care that's too usually hazardous, unreliable, unsatisfying, and impossibly dear. For the previous few many years, know-how has been touted because the remedy for all of healthcare’s ills.

But medication stubbornly resisted computerization – before. over the last 5 years, thank you mostly to billions of bucks in federal incentives, healthcare has ultimately long gone digital.

Yet as soon as clinicians all started utilizing desktops to really bring care, it dawned on them that whatever was once deeply flawed. Why have been medical professionals not making eye touch with their sufferers? How may certainly one of America’s prime hospitals supply a 39-fold overdose of a standard antibiotic, regardless of a state of the art automatic prescribing process? How might a recruiting advert for physicians tout the absence of an digital scientific checklist as an enormous promoting point?

Logically adequate, we’ve pinned the issues on clunky software program, wrong implementations, absurd laws, and undesirable karma. It used to be all of these issues, however it used to be additionally whatever way more advanced. and much extra attention-grabbing . . .

Written with a unprecedented mixture of compelling tales and hard-hitting research via one of many nation’s so much considerate physicians, The electronic Doctor examines healthcare on the sunrise of its desktop age. It tackles the not easy questions, from how know-how is altering care on the bedside as to if executive intervention has been precious or damaging. And it does so with readability, perception, humor, and compassion. finally, it's a hopeful story.

"We have to realize that pcs in healthcare don’t easily exchange my doctor’s scrawl with Helvetica 12," writes the writer Dr. Robert Wachter. "Instead, they remodel the paintings, the folks who do it, and their relationships with one another and with sufferers. . . . yes, we should always have considered this quicker. yet it’s no longer too overdue to get it right."

This riveting publication deals the prescription for buying it correct, making it crucial examining for everybody – sufferer and supplier alike – who cares approximately our healthcare system.

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