There may be emerging roles for ancillary folks in helping manage, interpret, coordinate some of the information which can be overwhelming and is not just about presenting the data but how to integrate that into someone’s life… A significant amount of health care is somewhat rule based and could be—I wouldn’t say replaced—but enhanced or enabled with smart algorithms. This can lead to an era where some basic elements of prevention, diagnosis and care are enabled and partially managed by an AI “Doctor Siri” that already knows and integrates the patient’s history, or genetics through the patient’s smartphone to help them triage a problem or manage a chronic condition.
We have the opportunity to leverage the convergence of information technology, algorithms, and platforms like medical tricorders to do some of the more basic-level medicine which is more algorithmic. This may enable clinicians to manage the more challenging cases. In some realms, you don’t have to have an MD to help a patient or a caregiver manage this new world of connected, digital, mobile health. In some cases, this might be the primary care physician who is much more the quarterback who is helping manage and leveraging many of these tools.