While modern medicine produces miracles, it also delivers care that is too often unsafe, unreliable, unsatisfying, and impossibly expensive. For the past few decades, technology has been touted as the cure for all of healthcare's ills. But medicine stubbornly resisted computerization - until now. Over the past five years, thanks largely to billions of dollars in federal incentives, health care has finally gone digital.
Yet once clinicians started using computers to actually deliver care, it dawned on them that something was deeply wrong. Why were doctors no longer making eye contact with their patients? How could one of America's leading hospitals give a teenager a 39-fold overdose of a common antibiotic, despite a state-of-the-art computerized prescribing system? How could a recruiting ad for physicians tout the absence of an electronic medical record as a major selling point?
Logically enough, we've pinned the problems on clunky software, flawed implementations, absurd regulations, and bad karma. It was all of those things, but it was also something far more complicated...and far more interesting.
The Digital Doctor examines health care at the dawn of its computer age. It tackles the hard questions, from how technology is changing care at the bedside to whether government intervention has been useful or destructive, and it does so with clarity, insight, humor, and compassion.
"We need to recognize that computers in health care don't simply replace my doctor's scrawl with Helvetica 12", writes the author Dr. Robert Wachter. "Instead, they transform the work, the people who do it, and their relationships with each other and with patients.... Sure, we should have thought of this sooner. But it's not too late to get it right."
This riveting audiobook offers the prescription for getting it right.
©2015 Robert Wachter (P)2015 Robert Wachter
I currently work as a Chief Medical Informatics Officer at a community health system, and I can tell you that Robert Wachter absolutely nailed it with this book. Very engaging, well written, and he gives a full voice to all aspects of the challenges healthcare is now facing. I usually have difficulty explaining what I do for a living to people not in healthcare, but now I can point them to The Digital Doctor and explain to them ... It's way worse than you think!
Dr. Wachter is a visionary. Future of healthIT is amazing. Every chapter is well written and very well narrated. It's a must read book for modern era physicians.
Bob Wachter's deep understanding of the subject and insightful prose make this book a must read for those trying to understand or impact the current changes produced by the digital revolution in the healthcare system. Having spent over 25 years as a practicing physician and Informaticist, I can say that this book is accurate and quite complete. It is also suffused with humanism and caring, making it an engaging and entertaining read.
The author delivered the forward, which was great. However, the book is read by the author's son, who delivers a less than stellar performance. His delivery is hardly believable in the first person. Kinda ruined it for me.
The son read his father's book for us. The narrator seemed relatively straight-collared, let's call it professionally emotive? He was interested in the book and read it well; I only mean it was read like a test or a performance.
Anyways, many parts to cover in the realm of tech and medicine. This book focused a lot (during the middle) about the Electronic Health Record, how it blows chunks, how it rocks, what changes may be in order, and what changes SHOULD be in order. It wasn't a horrible topic -indeed, it's a fundamental of healthcare- but it was very factual and well researched, no bullets flying and no explosions. In fact, the whole book is that way. This book tells far less of a story (like, say One Doctor by Brandon O'Reilly) and far more of a fact-based narrative. I'm fine for both books, but I just wanted to clarify the type of material to be expected in here.
I'd definitely read more by this author. The only thing is that I bet I'd want to stagger books of this nature with more first-person narratives of healthcare or etc.
All in all, this book deserves a definite recommendation to the nerds out there that enjoy theoretical arguments on the future of healthcare and an analytical pursuit of healthcare technology reform.
Thank you to the author and narrator for huge ridiculous amount of time spent on research, writing, and reading this important book.
When I heard that prof watcher was due to report on how the NHS should go paperless by 2020 I found this book I thought it would give me an insight into the issue that would be risen. I found it an insightful reflection into the issue that American had when quickly adopting electronic medical records - mainly aided by government funding. Some of the issues were unsurprisingly and others very educational. all is told in a simplistic style with great examples. I recommend this to anyone who cares about how IT is implemented within the NHS in the next 10 years.
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