UIC’s Masters in Health Informatics has put out a great infographic that looks at how tech companies are changing our healthcare system. However, what struck me most about the infographic was that it focuses on how medicine is going to become (some might say becoming) far more personalized. I’ve always been struck by the fact that many of the advancements in healthcare that we dream about are only possible through the use of technology. Many of the personalize medicine initiatives aren’t even in the realm of thinking in a paper world. That’s a powerful idea.
I’m sure that many out there might read this and argue that the addition of computers is causing a de-personalization of health care. I’d argue that it all depends on how the tech is implemented. In many cases today, healthcare technology has de-personalized the care that’s provided. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. Technology should be a tool that makes the care a doctor provides extremely personalized. That’s true from a data and patient-physician interaction perspective.
Take a look at the infographic and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments: