How Do Physicians Handle All the New Data Around Patient Care?

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It's a difficult problem. In the censure of magical thinking that we've had about if we give patients more data they'll improve their health. We've had the same problem in this space with providing physicians more data, and somehow that will magically improve their ability to provide better care to their patients.

So, we have them drinking out of this fire hose right now, and they got way too much information, they worry about the fact that all this data coming in is increasing liability for them as well. Do I have to respond to every single one of this data points? I mean, what I'm I supposed to do in this situation? So, one of the things that I think the field clearly needs to do is do a better job of, two things.

One is being very conscious and very lean about what we provide as alerts, when do we provide them? And make those tailored for the physicians so they get an alert only when they think they need to get it for that particular patient. We still have alert fatigue. My dad was in the hospital about a year ago when I am with him when he was doing pre-op, and the anesthesiologist over the course of those three minutes of pre-op probably got on two different pages and one found like five different alerts.

So, we still have to find was to sort of pair that down, and give those sort of different levels of alert so the health care professional knows how to respond. The other thing that I think is important that we can do is that, we can off load some of the more maintain decisions healthcare professional make.

I mean, most these are algorithmic driven decisions, and so a lot of the sort of basic decisions, should I take more insulin at this point in time, should I take less? Should I up my blood pressure med under this circumstance or not? Most of those are algorithmically driven. We can off load that, we can make that automatic, so that the healthcare professional's focusing on the more complex issues on a particular patient, not on the more simple basic sort of decisions that we could eventually computerize and automate.