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Heart Health in 2019

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Posted on February 19th, 2019 by Teri Dreher, under Integrative Health Care, Medical Devices, Something New

What’s new?

Quite a bit, as it turns out. February is American Heart Month. While taking care of the heart has been a longstanding goal of people in our country, new technologies are changing the ways we’re able to do so. A recent piece on LinkedIn details a competition held in China between elite doctors and an Artificial Intelligence system. The task was a two round brain tumor diagnosis competition. The AI system defeated the doctors in both speed and accuracy rate. But does that mean AI systems should replace doctors altogether in diagnosing conditions? Not necessarily.

What’s at the heart of heart health?

Technology has become an integral part of our lives. It’s 2019, and tech will only continue to become more pervasive and ubiquitous in society. The benefits of technology are undeniable, and the potential for improving healthcare is unimaginable. Still, what’s really at the heart of healthcare? We think that for all AI and tech can do, it does indeed have limits. Diagnosis is one component of care, but not at all the only one. Human touch is still necessary. Moreover, we believe that human touch is fundamental to care and the absolute heart of healthcare. Getting to know someone’s personality, their in-depth emotional needs and insecurities, and the wishes they might have if they become incapacitated to make their own decisions, are all aspects of care that will always require something that only humans can give – heart.

Heart health in 2019 should be supported by tech, not overrun by it

AI is a tool – an extremely useful tool. When used correctly, it saves lives and changes the world. That’s what we’re seeing now in 2019. In fact, just yesterday the show Doctors highlighted a groundbreaking nonsurgical alternative to open heart surgery! The potential there is huge. Similarly, we’re also seeing an increase in the use of 3D printing. Products, prosthetic, implants, and stints are being custom made for optimal pairing with patients. This is the kind of collaboration we like to see between technology and care. Physicians are supported, not held back by endless charting tasks like we’ve seen surrounding EHRs.

What about you?

What are your thoughts on technology in healthcare? Do you think we’ll see more groundbreaking procedures or complications that slow care coordination down? Let us know what you think!

With over 36 years of clinical experience in Critical Care nursing, home based health care and expertise as a cardiovascular nurse clinician, Teri is well acquainted with the complexities of the modern healthcare system. She has served as a nursing leader, mentor, educator, and consistent patient advocate throughout her career in some of the best hospitals across the country. Her passion to keep the patient at the center of the model of nursing care led her to incorporate NShore Patient Advocates, LLC in 2011, serving clients throughout the northern suburbs of Chicago.

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