There is so much hype around technology these days that it is hard to keep up with all the developments. The way the finance sector had been transformed is phenomenal. Thus there is so much pressure for healthcare to reproduce this change using technology.
It is important to remind all that the finance and healthcare sectors are very fundamentally different. In healthcare, there is so much unknowns with regards to the information that needs to be fed into the system. It is changing very rapidly. So rapidly that in fact it is the technology that has difficulty keeping up.
Secondly, much of medicine is an art, as much as it is a science. The human touch is honestly in my opinion irreplaceable. The complexities of humans will likely far outweigh the intelligence of computers, which primarily are developed by the confines of human knowledge, similar to the deepest darkest unknown secrets of space.
But humans are flawed. These weaknesses are magnified when the human body is not functioning at its optimal condition, either mentally or physically. It is prone to fatigue and it can only do so much at once. What technology has done so far is revolutionise the way things can be performed. The efficiency and simplicity of it has made humans today, superhumans of yesteryears. The knowledge and information explosion has accelerated the development of science and our understanding of our very own bodies.
Understanding and deciphering the clues in our very own DNA can never be achieved without help of computational prowess. Many secrets remain hidden and revealing these may require the combined ingenuity of the human mind and the superior processing power of digital technology.
But likely we will remain trapped in our mortal world. Even death was inevitable in futuristic movies like Star Trek. Only a mortal could perhaps understand the true scenes of sufferings. Medicine was never meant to be robotic. It had always stressed on the art of communicating in the healing process.
Healthcare is personal. Not everything can be captured digitally and it was never meant to be another ‘transaction’. It’s this bond that will remain sacred in healthcare. We should never replace it but enhance this special relationship, in a world where sometimes the data may just be secondary.