Sarah Pollet | December 14, 2012
Software-based decision science has an increasingly meaningful application to health care diagnostic protocols. Since the goal is to sift through the noise to find the signal,there is no reason not to use computer diagnostic tools as the consulting specialists to extract, or at least identify, substance and variation within the data. Ideally, this would be in tandem with physical diagnosis from skilled physicians trained to interpret the finer nuance in any given clinical context.
A recent article by The New York Times’ Katie Hafner discussed some of the developments in the field of computer-assisted diagnostics. It’s understandable that these tools have yet to be integrated into the standard of care for the reasons the article raised, and others - the tools are incomplete just like a physician’s knowledge base, the software takes training and investment to both employ and utilize, and the tools would require extra time in a moment when there isn’t any to spare (a work flow nightmare, as medicine is currently practiced). (more…)