There is a fascinating transition underway. In general, you can count on technology being championed in a few ways:
– The investors seem to push the cake half-baked out to the market. Returns need to be made.
– The scientists tend to keep it in their labs a bit too long and seek to continue to develop it until it is just right.
There is no right or wrong here, it is simply the dynamics of the free markets.
Medicine and surgery are still an art. The bold talk of the digital democratization of surgery and healthcare is attempting to make medicine and healthcare into a process. Its intention is to narrow the distribution curve and allow technology to level the playing field. Certainly, a noble goal.
It requires education. In order to teach, we need to scale. In order to scale we need to agree on a language.
It requires standardization. There are differences in doctors, procedures, and use of tools and technologies. WHat do we stop doing and what do we start doing?
It requires deliberate language. What will the agreed upon language in the digital surgery world be? Who will decide it?
With billions of dollars entering into the Digital / AI / ML world of healthcare and there is still not an agreed upon baseline currency for the exchanges to occur between the stakeholders (creators, users, payers, and administrators) in the ecosystem, who will decide on how “all of this” will be standardized and shared?