Thursday, September 1, 2011

Is this the future of medicine? Is this the future of doctors?

The DSP's daily commute has been pure bliss this past week because I have been listening to A Whole New Mind.  In a nutshell, Mr Pink asserts that you better figure out how to use both your left brain (analytical, sequential) and your right brain (synthesizes big picture, sees things in patterns).  If you only use your left brain, you are in jeopardy of being replaced by either a computer, or somebody able and willing to do your left brain job for 1/5 of the compensation you require.

What does this have to do with a patient getting in the driver's seat?  Admittedly, it is only tangentially related (I am trying to exercise my right brain here).  But I'll give it a shot:

1)  Skin Scan is an app that analyzes skin lesions before you go to the doctor's office (at this point, it is not intended to replace the physician's visit) going to replace some of the left brain tasks that doctors are doing eventually.  (Consider that TurboTax has likely replaced a lot of accountants.)  This may be a glimpse into the future of medicine.  If Skin Scan disagreed with your doctor's assessment of your lesion, would you seek a second opinion?

2)  It is easier to be a patient if you have a job, and so if you think you are currently only using your left brain in your career, you would benefit from reading (or listening to, if you are an audio learner like me) A Whole New Mind, as it has a primer for developing your right brain.

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