The Near and Far Future:
- What does Steve Wozniak see in the future?
- Can Machines replace doctors?
- Where do machines fit into the care we receive as patients?
If man and machine merge, what is now for medical collaboration, and what is next?
Steve Wozniak gave the keynote address at the American Telemedicine Association 2012 Annual Meeting. In answering a question about telemedicine in general, he singled out iClickCare as an example of what can be done now and in the future. As we have said, we were honored by the analysis and attention.
He also described the Facebook IPO as a stock he would buy because Mark Zuckerberg reminds him of Steve Jobs and himself combined into one, in a way.
As we read about his thoughts, we see commonality in his dreams about empowering the individual, and his thoughts about ClickCare and Facebook. We see respect for the individual, for innovation and for sound engineering in all of his writings and speeches, and most importantly, that every individual be empowered to do more. His discussions of both Facebook and ClickCare's iClickCare validates a lot of what we are trying to do at ClickCare. We want each and every patient to receive the best care possible because collaboration among providers has been empowered and enhanced.
During the ATA 2012 keynote, and springing from discussion of iClckCare, Mr. Wozniak shared his vision of the future: Apple's Siri and IBM's Watson merge and morph and give birth to a new mobile device/"person" which/"who" would know him better than any friend because of its sensors, communication, and vast knowledge.
This is an exciting vision, and a question arose about where do doctors fit in. Where does man meet machine, be replaced by machine, or expanded by machine? Mr. Wozmiak has proven himself as a visionary, and speaks of the future. But how do we view him and ourselves now?
His thoughts are, brilliantly, a comprehensive synthesis of ideas. They go against a flow where those in the field struggle to deal with large concepts by trying to categorize mhealth, telehealth, telemedcine, remote monitoring, and a myriad of other terms into narrow, pigeon-hole definitions.
Right now, in 2012, telemedicine (and all other categorizations) could be described as the embryonic development (or even evolutionary development) of joining man and machine. A good review was written by Aasha Bodhani in E & T, Engineering and Technology Magazine, entitled M2M in healthcare: wellness connected. This quote highlights one point “The potential to automate healthcare procedures - freeing up staff and only involving doctors when they are actually required - is compelling for a healthcare sector looking to make best use of its available resources.”
While we look to ”free up” providers, we also have the unexpected consequence of creating too much data. Do you remember the promise of the paperless office? Machines (software and hardware) can filter data, but until Mr. Wozniak’s vision can come to fruition, we need humans to help interpret, balance, synthesize, and interpret data. Because of the explosion of knowledge, that can only be done in a collaborative environment, an environment that makes work easier and not more cumbersome.
As SIRI becomes the voice of Watson, as the world shrinks, as knowledge expands and as brilliant providers become rare, the concepts of ClickCare become even more important. As man joined machine to fly through the air, Air Traffic Control was needed to manage and coordinate the flights.
When telemonitors stream data, glucometers send levels, weights are recorded, massive amounts of data are recorded. An individual provider who receives that data wants help and relief. The provider must have relief from the loneliness of the massive information burden, and relief when treatment plans conflict. That relief can only come from medical collabroation with trusted colleagues. iClickCare is here, right now, to fill the gaps. The bridges will be built and the patient will safely cross the bay of the unforgiving sea of information.
We greatly appreciate the foresight of the journalists as they share our vision. See our News.