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... and treating patients via computer...

Back in medical school, just about all my attendings (teachers) drove home the fact, you don't make a diagnosis over the phone. You have to put your hands on the patients, i.e., you need to see them in person. So many things can be "overlooked" on a phone call.

Ditto with computers.

Then throw in the first law of computer programming, GIGO, Garbage In Garbage Out. Who will write the algorithms? How extensive? How up to date? Will all the "bugs" be caught before going live? I seriously doubt it.

JLC


I didn't read it that the diagnosis would be from a computer program.

I don't agree that there is no appropriate use. Having had the flu and conjunctivits, it was nice to have to the option of not physically going to my doctor's office because I wouldn't have for several days.
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