30 Dec '15, 4am

Silicon Valley Will See You Now

The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age , a book that is as cautious about the digital-health “revolution” as Topol’s The Patient Will See You Now is exuberant. Wachter has spent a lifetime studying how mistakes happen in medical care, and if he is sure of one thing, it’s that the digital transformation of healthcare is not going to happen smoothly. Just getting hospitals and clinics to digitize their patient records—a process goosed by $19 billion from the Obama administration in the form of 2009’s HITECH Act—has been a major headache, says Wachter. He believes that some of the wilder (and most enticing) fantasies of the digital-health movement—such as the notion that we’ll use our smartphones to generate health data that will be uploaded to the cloud and analyzed by artificially intelligent algorithms capable of diagnosing us—are s...

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