Does Health Education Need a Check Up?
As we began to see our idea of travel and transportation evolve from a mechanical box on wheels to a connected smart system of hyper loops, self driving cars and space travel- we also noticed changes in the way their foundations are taught. The Royal College of Arts, London transforming their “Transportation and Auto-Design” course into “intelligent mobility” is just one of many examples that show a global shift in education- one that considers technology and artificial intelligence at the forefront of mobility design for future generations.
Health education thus far has missed this mainstreaming of technology as an integrated revolutionising component that will steer the frontiers of medical innovation.
Its ironic that we expect our healthcare needs to automatically include the most state-of-the-art technology without ever ensuring that medical education itself incorporates these best practices
Digitization in healthcare is already changing the entire scope of downstream and upstream operations.
On one hand Covid demonstrated in no uncertain terms, how digital data sharing facilitated the development, production and availability of life-saving vaccines during crunch-time, shrinking the earlier long wait. Barriers in data sharing were slashed while privacy and security remained protected. Well-designed adaptive trials using Bayesian methodologies allowed drugs such as dexamethasone to be tested and made life saving results available with far shorter timelines than previously seen in clinical trials.
On the other, telemedicine enabled healthcare providers to access data in real time, unrestricted by geography. This is hugely impactful when you think of how professionals are able to get real time data of remote patients and make timely diagnosis. Add to this, computer algorithms run predictive analytics to enable professionals to make better decisions.
Technology then is a tool that facilitates faster and better decision making in an otherwise arbitrary situation, where scarce resources like facilities and trained personnel are unevenly spread.
What changes in Med Ed would enable embracing new paradigms pushing further transformative care for the masses?
PC : digi.com