Where ideas grow

by Christina on November 11, 2012

One big reason I wanted to be in the Bay Area for residency was because new ideas can grow and get cultivated here.

Today, I got to step away from clinical duties and momentarily into the world of ideas and innovation at this TEDxSF conference:

Check out the list of speakers: they covered topics including poverty, infectious and chronic diseases, yoga, obesity, mobile technology, gaming, the quantified self movement, women’s empowerment, and more. There was a palpable energy in the room, and I left with renewed optimism and a clearer vision of where medicine is heading.

One of the highlights Vinod Khosla‘s talk, where he argued that 80% of what doctor’s do will soon be able to be  computerized. Initially a scary thought!

But honestly, I think I would feel relieved if 80% of what I did were replaced by a computer. It’s the <20% of true doctoring that we do (listening, reassuring, motivating, counseling, relationship-building) that we need more time for, and that I don’t think a computer could ever do very well.


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YYogini November 11, 2012 at 3:54 am

Most of the doctors I’ve interacted so far act like the computers: they figure out what drugs I need based on the list of symptoms I tell them then shoo me out the door. I would love it if doctors indeed focus on listening, reassuring, motivating, counseling, relationship-building instead.


Chris Palmer November 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Dear YYogini, I totally agree! You put that so well.


John November 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

The “Water Everywhere” has my interest, a very important global health issue,, and I am missing the “Lifestyle Experiments In Actualizing & Activating Healthy Aging For Many Unexpected Years of Better Living” 🙂


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