High-tech gadgets hit doctor-patient relationships and more..
Posted Nov 10 2008 4:16pm
I am glad someone else out there on the web has also chimed in here on this subject too. I have pen named some of the medical devices offered today as “ Intrusive Technology”, and it lives out there among us, whether we know it or not. It also goes beyond just the doctor-patient relationship in many areas and there is nobody minding the shop on this. Devices are created, software benefits are derived, but how we use and implement the devices is the issue at times.
Devices can and do at times make one feel much less like a human being, mostly due to a lack of education on how they work and devices being used where normal human intervention has been the process, and this is a fine line. This article comes from India but it is true world wide. If you read this blog often enough, you will see examples of several types of “intrusive technologies” that may have some real good points and software applications in getting needed information to doctors, family members, etc. but again how it is implemented sometimes sure leaves a lot to be desired. One particular story that really hits home is the one about the unruly children in schools who are now on a test program to wear a heart monitor, to monitor their heart for better health, well maybe part of the process, but more so to help them determine what is making them unruly by relying on the device instead of working closer with parents and teachers, you have to remember the children can only tank up so much help too, something we also seem to forget at times.
I made the statement on a prior post too that if I were the unruly child, I would seriously be looking to somehow “trash” that device, as that is what unruly children do, so again to try and create a solution with a device and further limit human interaction results in a real danger sign, one which goes one step further in disintegrating communication between humans, again all due to either busy schedules or even worse, individuals maybe not wanting to allow the time and effort as demanding work schedules are forcing that opinion among many today.
I find somewhat the best terms and methodologies to help give some direction here, is to stop and think about yourself and how you would react to some of the devices, in other words how would you like it, would you see the technology beneficial or would it create feelings of anger and frustration? If used improperly, that is exactly what you get, so give some of these devices and their use some thought before jumping out and recommending and/or implementing their use with others. If you don’t completely understand the concept and how to use the device yourself, it certainly is not going to benefit the other party, as it is not meant to be a replacement for normal human interactions, but this is exactly what is happening today in many areas.
There will be upcoming times when you may not have a choice when devices relate to bottom line risk management as well, such as how you are managing and handling your health. Risk management doesn’t really care, they are capital oriented, and thus whatever solutions they determine are what they want to use will be implemented, so don’t be surprises when the day arrives when certain areas of healthcare and payment coverage will be determined on medical devices that report back even more than what you think should be applicable, as again, there is really nobody minding the store here and the education process is far below where it needs to be. We can either reach a new “high” or quickly develop a new “low” in certain terms.
Ask anyone who writes formulas and algorithms, it’s there to work with hardware devices and the intelligence is getting smarter every day, which is what we could maybe hope for as well , we need to get smarter every day too.
I am a avid fan of technology and what it creates, but I also keep an eye on the back of my head open to realize just like everything else in the world everything is not created equal, not a bad thought to keep in mind and again be aware and learn everything you can, as we are only at the beginning stages and need to draw the line between what is “good” technology and what will be the underlying causes of “intrusive technology”. BD
The advent of high-tech gadgets and latest technology has de-personalized medicine and led to a new low in the doctor-patient relationship . Added to this is the commercialization and failure of the doctors to keep abreast with advances in medical science that is ailing modern medicine, said Goa Medical College & Hospital dean Dr V N Jindal. Explaining what ails modern medicine, in a souvenir to mark the silver jubilee of Neurosurgery department of GMC, Dr Jindal said that there is a palpable discontentment against medicine and the medical profession among common man.
Admitting that money has become the driving force in today's medicine Dr Jindal said that often doctors refer unsuspecting and vulnerable patients from one specialist to another for no reason other than profit. "But doctors alone cannot be blamed for this as our system and social values are equally responsible," said Dr Jindal. Dr Jindal added that the medical professionals beside improving the doctor-patient relationship should also keep abreast with advances in medical science. "Every medical professional needs to develop a strategy to keep himself abreast with the latest development in the field of medicine," added Dr Jindal.
Dr Jindal, further explaining about what ails modern medicine, stated that while a patient has better awareness about the disease that he suffers from, the doctors have little time to communicate with the patient . "The art of communication with the patients is essential as unless the doctors learn this, the gap with the patients will continue to widen and this is not good for the art of healing," said Dr Jindal.