May 2, Anish Koka
A number of politically tinged narratives have divided physicians during the pandemic. It would be unfortunate if politics obscured the major problem brought into stark relief by the pandemic: a system that marginalizes physicians and strips them of agency. In the time of COVID, physicians more than ever find themselves as pretty baubles on display to reassure the public. The lesson is clear: put physicians back in charge.
May 4, Stephanie Kuku and Hugh Harvey
The ability to predict in health care is the utopia promised by every artificial intelligence for health care built, funded, and tested in the last decade. Yet, very few doctors, technologists, or investors would have imagined they would live to witness a pandemic of the scale we are currently experiencing. It is a good time to reflect on what the future of health will look like after we recover. In a booming health-tech market saturated with promises of predictions and diagnostic insights, we need to get better at acting on the predictions that truly matter.
May 5, e-Patient Dave deBronkart
Herd immunity is not an approach the U.S. should take in solving the complex problems we’ve gotten ourselves into with COVID-19. Why? A herd immunity policy without vaccines is mass murder. And worse, it’s not just mass murder; it’s a whole lot of very sick people. This isn’t a prediction, mind you; this article is a tutorial about the concept of herd immunity with the key takeaway that our only way out is to avoid contact, wear masks and wash our damn hands.