Medicine in the 4th Industrial Revolution: the third entity of the new doctor-patient relationship

ifmsa-2017-globe

(IFMSA, 2017)

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Erick Dupont. The writer is and a 3rd year medical student from UFPEL, a federal university from southern Brazil. He is also affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.

Since its beginning with Hippocrates in Greece, despite its evolutions and breakthroughs, the practice of medicine has always consisted in the relation between both patient and physician.

This once told basis of healthcare is being rewritten by a process called the 4th industry revolution, a term crafted in Germany in 2013 to describe a group of scientific innovations in the field of technology that are already revolutionizing our known world (1). Fortunately, or not, the area of medicine is not being spared.

Differently from the previous industry revolutions, where the man dominated the physical forces of nature, the 4th revolution takes place on the digital field. Among other characteristics, the artificial intelligence is one of the most impressive promises of the revolution. That’s justified by the immensely bigger capability of computer to process data when compared to humans.

Some even dare to say that the future of medicine remains on data processing, and not on the development of new surgeries or medications (2). With this tool at hand, the famous “Dr. Google” could become a reality, bringing diagnosis to a simple touch of a button. However, this new horizon is not bright for everyone.

Most must think that if a computer is able to process tons of data per second, access the latest information available and don’t have the memory bias that human doctors have, the days of sitting in a M.D. waiting room are counted. But that’s not quite right, remaining hope for those who still want to heal people.

All this future seems so promising, but for it become true, there’s a big path yet to be trod. Devices that can remotely monitor and create continuous reports of blood pressure and sugar levels are already among us, but even with the cheapening of the technology, is not yet feasible to substitute the human labor for technological devices.

Besides all the changes that this revolution may bring to the medical market, is beyond discussion that its breakthroughs will benefit the way we deal with health. The possibilities are limitless: mapping every patient’s DNA in order to develop specific medications and also discover genetic diseases; 3D printing personalized prosthesis and even use the Internet of Things to receive constant, instead of transversal, data from patient’s devices are just some of them (3).

The key to a smooth transition into a reality where these gadgets take place is not to compete with them, but to see them as useful and indispensable tools.

As this is an already in motion process, neither health professionals nor students can stay idle. Adaptation is going to be needed, and learn how to use and when to use the new options are duties for all the ones in the health field.

Knowing the basics of informatics is the minimum that can be done in this technology revolution, and if all that is promised become real, new tools wont only be a differential for those physicians that seek them, but will need to be included on a remodeled grade of the medicine course.

References

  1. Valeria Perasso – BBC. What is the 4th industrial revolution – and how it will affect our lifes. October 22nd, 2016.
  2. Jonathan Cohn – The Atlantic. The Robot Will See You Now. March 2013.
  3. Vinod Khosla – Tech crunch. Do we need doctors or algorithms? January 10th, 2012.

About the author

Erick Dupont is a 19 years old man and a 3rd year medical student from UFPEL, a federal university from southern Brazil. He has already been involved in volunteering projects of International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) and now is local exchange officer from IFMSA’s Exchange Program. Currently awaiting his first IFMSA’s exchange, to take place in Germany in February 2017.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Bundestag kick starts the next episode of the Greek tragedy

Polish PM chooses to focus on economy, amid questions on rule of law in Poland

A breath of fresh air: How three disused industrial areas became beautiful parks

Soccer is back with strict COVID-19 rules. Here’s what you need to know

5 unexpected ways bicycles have made the world a better place

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo declared over, now let’s tackle other health challenges: WHO chief

Why the merchant ships can pollute the atmosphere with CO2 quite freely

Addressing the consequences of digitalisation in the Russia & CIS region

Draghi: printing a full extra trillion non negotiable to help all borrow cheaply

As Syria conflict enters ninth year, humanitarian crisis ‘far from over’, Security Council hears

DR Congo elections: ‘historic opportunity’ for ‘peaceful transfer of power’ says Security Council

Mental health and suicide: when the alarm bells are faced with deaf ears

7 ways the ‘biological century’ will transform healthcare

Paris agreed with Berlin over a loose and ineffective banking union

From underestimation to valorization: how mobile technology is transforming global health

Building climate resilience and peace, go hand in hand for Africa’s Sahel – UN forum

Refugee resettlement: ‘Tremendous gap’ persists between needs, and spaces on offer

UN chief welcomes G20 commitment to fight climate change

Security Council calls for dialogue in Haiti

Bill Gates’ top 10 breakthrough technologies of 2019

Natural hazards don’t always spell disaster: UN risk reduction chief

We can use plastics to change the world for the better

MFF: Commission’s plan “impossible to implement” with Finnish proposal

Migration crisis update: mutual actions and solidarity needed as anti-migrant policies thrive

Realise the beauty of unity in diversity

Impact Investment needs global standards and better measurement

COP21 Breaking News_12 December: 195 countries adopt the First Universal Climate Agreement

Why the global trade of chemicals is key to COVID-19 recovery

FROM THE FIELD: Rohingya babies conceived out of ‘incomprehensible brutality’

Pedro Sánchez: We must protect Europe, so Europe can protect its citizens

COVID-19: MEPs call for measures to close the digital gap in education

Commission presents review of EU economic governance and launches debate on its future

How tech companies compare at protecting your digital rights

Politics still matter in the US but not in Europe

What’s the difference between carbon negative and carbon neutral?

Boeing subsidy case: World Trade Organization confirms EU right to retaliate against $4 billion of U.S. imports

Campaign kicks off with High-level Event on #FairInternships

Newly displaced fleeing attacks in northeast Nigeria, top 2,000

This warehouse is one of the world’s greenest industrial buildings

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “It is the implementation, Stupid!”, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaueble points the finger to Greece from Davos

July was the hottest month ever – what does that actually mean?

Seaweed straws and loose-leaf tea: 6 ways to reduce plastic waste

G20 LIVE: “ISIL is the face of evil; our goal is to degrade and ultimately destroy this barbaric terrorist organisation”, US President Barack Obama cries out from Antalya Turkey

The scheming of Boris: win an election after a no-deal Brexit

Rare earths are the new battlefront in the US-China trade war. But what are they?

TTIP wins first crucial EU test: MEPs give in to the trade agreement

UN working to prevent attacks on civilians in eastern DR Congo

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: World Breastfeeding Week kickoff, Second Ebola death on DR Congo’s eastern border, UN chief lauds climate activist Thunberg, Afghan bus attack, and outgoing UN agriculture chief hands over reigns

Superbugs: MEPs advocate further measures to curb use of antibiotics

The Challenger Within – Mental Health In Romania During Lockdown

We can make sure Globalization 4.0 leaves no one behind. This is how

Deutsche Bank chased away from US, threatened with more fines

Blockchain is facing a backlash. Can it survive?

Inflammation is the fuel that feeds the cancer flame. So how do we fight back?

South Sudan’s foreseen genocide: from “Never Again” to “Again and Again and Again”?

There’s a new global technology race. It needs better trade rules

Nordic noir: The unhappiness epidemic affecting young people in the world’s happiest countries

UN Children’s Fund chief condemns ‘horrific’ Kabul bomb attack

Commission reports on the risks of investor citizenship and residence schemes in the EU and outlines steps to address them

Rule of law in Hungary: Parliament calls on the EU to act

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s