Yuval Shahar, MD, PhD
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Shahar Y. Dimension of Time in Illness: An Objective View. Ann Intern Med. 2000;132:45-53. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-132-1-200001040-00008
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(1):45-53.
As a professional medical informatician whose main interest is harnessing artificial intelligence and other techniques of information sciences to help both health care providers and patients, I am repeatedly impressed by the tasks that clinicians achieve on a daily basis. Although these tasks require extensive knowledge about both medicine and the world at large, clinicians rarely express any sense of wonder at their accomplishments and usually take them in stride. I can only hope that my computer programs will some day be able to carry out a small fraction of these tasks.
I am also repeatedly struck by the fact that clinicians often perform tasks involving large amounts of clinical data without the assistance of computers, although such assistance would be highly beneficial. Indeed, in my view, the science fiction-like, futuristic idea that computers will eventually replace physicians misses the mark. The best term to use when pondering the relation between clinicians and computers may well be synergy.
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