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Graihagh Jackson

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Should we be self-diagnosing via the internet? Is democratised medicine the future?

Edward Snowden's revelations have shaken our faith in online privacy. But can we trust Google with our health?

The digital era is going to bring about some phenomenal advances in healthcare but there are going to be massive setbacks too - what about hacking of personal medical devices for instance? Or the problems of using the internet for self-diagnosis? I think that the idea that technology can replace doctor or simulate a genuine doctor-patient relationship is absurd. This is something that is talked about very eloquently in the below debate by a psychiatrist called Mark Salter.


What do you think? Will technology every bypass the need to see a physician? Is the internet the future of medicine and is this a good thing? Can we trust the internet for this purpose?

I think not.


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  • Nov 12 2013: In the future, (15 years or less)

    The doctors office will be a call center. There will be mobile medical devices for rent.

    Most medical work will be done on a computer (tablet) or cell device.

    Hospitals will be for physical work such a surgery or emergency situations

    *** This technology already exists and is implemented for testing

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