Oct 7, Ken Terry
Some experts predict that in the future, people will be able to receive automated care with the help of AI instead of going to their primary care physicians for routine care. But Ken wonders, If he was the patient who was likely to follow a doctor’s advice to say, quit smoking, would he do the same thing if a computer told him to? Perhaps we’re already too much at the mercy of automated systems that don’t recognize our humanity and don’t care about our pain.
Oct 6, Kim Bellard
A few days ago, Walmart announced that it was partnering with Clover Health to offer Medicare Advantage plans. Walmart has been shaking up healthcare for some time, from its 2006 $4 prescriptions program that upended pharmacy pricing to its announcement earlier this summer that it was opening an insurance agency to sell Medicare-related products and services plans. Kim traces the evolution of Walmart’s healthcare offerings, reminding us that while all eyes are on Amazon, we shouldn’t be overlooking what Walmart is doing.
Oct 2, Hans Duvefelt
The problem with our work environment is that all the technology and all the well meaning efforts we are subjected to have, ironically, conspired to distance us from our patients and made us less effective than we could be. Medicine, on the primary care level, is a relationship based endeavor. Our fundamental communication skills—eliciting, explaining and influencing—are at least as important as our book knowledge. We need some space to use them.