Mark Thurow

Naperville, IL, United States

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Mark Thurow
Posted over 1 year ago
Do we rely too heavily on technology for medical diagnosis?
Ibrahim, I think this concept of both practitioner and patient controlling inputs to produce a possible result is absolutely the right direction. I do see a problem, in that so much of our population is not comfortable with technology and I am not sure if they will provide that part of the inputs accurately. I think this has some fantastic aplications in distance treatment of patients or in using sealth care surrogates to expand our service networks and allow more in home attention and time with patients. It might not be M.D. with patient time, but surrogate with patient time that then translates to better information to MD and better use of MD time. Sounds optimal. I would love to see how you envision using this approach. As to the arrogance or Messiah complex of many in the health care profession, it is a difficult line to walk. I want a surgeon with b**ls made of iron and as big as grapefruits who is unflustered by whatever he or she meets while I am on the table. But before that, I want a diagnostician who is communicative and questioning and willing to second guess herself. And afterwards, I want a practitioner who is warm and caring and knows how to work with all the devils within my psyche to get me on my feet and on the mend in the fastest possible time.
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Mark Thurow
Posted over 1 year ago
Do we rely too heavily on technology for medical diagnosis?
I have been a paramedic for over 20 years Swetha. I see this craving for technology from both sides of the equation. Not only do the practitioners want this high tech protection, but I think the patients do as well. I have seen and heard patients unhappy that providers are not more aggressive in providing the latest technology in testing, when old fashioned testing is proven to be just as efficient or older treatments just as effective. Newer is better, it is what has made Apple into the giant it is.
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Mark Thurow
Posted over 1 year ago
Do we rely too heavily on technology for medical diagnosis?
The answer to this question is yes, as it is to any group becoming too reliant on technology. Like all things in life it is about balance. The best practitioners of any skill balance the old and the new, technology and intuition, patience and agression. Those that understand the balance are the ones that can turn a skill into an art. For thoe who have decreed it is about generating revenue, you may be right in a few cases. In my experience though, it has been more about the fear of loosing money from having to pay out a settlement on a lawsuit, rather than generating the revenue of the test itself. In listeneing to many medical practitioners at different levels I think the biggest and fastest growing shortcoming is the ability to listen. Society is moving away from direct perosn to person, face to face contact, and the ability to ask questions, listen for nuance andsubtelty in answers and then answer patient questions seems to me to be the bigger lost art that would negate much of the need for excess technology.