Research published in the BMJ on Tuesday, shows that “medical errors” may now be the third-leading cause of death in the United States — "claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s."
"Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led the research, said in an interview that the category includes everything from bad doctors to more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another."
Critical Condition: How a Broken Medical Records System is Endangering America’s Health
By Christina Farr
MARCH 11, 2015
"In the era of such user-friendly Internet services as Facebook and Google, it is shocking to some that pertinent and sensitive medical information should still live in PDF files attached to emails, or be delivered by fax machine."
It was an honor to be featured as an invited speaker at the Berkeley Haas Healthcare Conference this year alongside leaders in the field of Interoperability. Interoperability is the ability of one hospital's computer systems to "talk" to another hospital's different system. Our panel was "A better future for health and healthcare through interoperability" and you can watch my portion of the presentation section here:
I'm glad someone nabbed a video of this. If you're interested in learning more about the other panel members you can find their information here:
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A young, high-ranking female healthcare executive gave me some practical advice last week. Success in healthcare is about accepting the things you cannot (yet?) change, changing the things you can, and learning to say the Serenity Prayer:
Give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
I do not like parroting back things which I've heard but am not fully versed in, even if from great sources. Sometimes the best answer is, "I don't know."
My question for you is this -- will general game-playing AI be generalizable?
DYK NIH photos are part of the public domain?