AI and blockchain for innovation in personalised care, but yet no treatment for hypocrisy
Hi, Adam Tabriz when I read your article and without looking at your LinkedIn page I immediately thought: "Ohh Adam is living in US, so for him healthcare can be an "ugly and sad" topic since he knows first hand that people without insurance will simple die if something serious happens to them. Of course, these days also with an insurance you can die, because very often you can be misdiagnosed.
Well, the closest we have in Europe to your US healthcare system can be found in Ireland, where a bad version of free economy is leaving young people waiting for a year for a diagnose and sometimes misdiagnosed. I personally have been told by my GP in Dublin, to stay away from hospitals and from doing further medical analysis because more likely they are not going to find what cause my allergies. So, since I am a biologist and with the help of my GP, I followed my "home made personal care plan" by starting a drastic diet and after a year and with a lot of research I realised what was causing my allergies there. But I also realised, that average people at my age with no background in medicine or with no self control when it comes to food, drink etc - that requires changing your lifestyle - wouldn't be able to do what I did at the time to calm down my immune system.
So, I reached this conclusion a couple of years ago: "the healthcare system we have now, is the healthcare that our lifestyle deserves". We can't pretend to live a frenetic life over consuming and over stressing our organisms and then pretend that an affordable care system will save us. The "right" specialised and personalised treatment comes at a cost right now, and I know that is not fair but this is how it is.
So in order to change that, we must change our habits and life style first. So, yes the healthcare system is very often full of hypocrisy, but the same % of hypocrisy can be found in all of our society. Meaning, the hypocrisy you mentioned in your article is just a reflection of our society's hypocrisy.
AI and blockchain
Now, personalised medicine indeed goes beyond genes, environment and lifestyle because it also includes other "variables" affecting humans not yet fully understood by scientists and RD departments. So yes, AI and blockchain used properly in order to address the real problems of our healthcare care system and give us personalised medicine will definitely helps us, but it won't happen overnight. Moreover, AI and blockchain will not change the hypocrisy inside the healthcare system or our society, and since AI is trained by us we risk that the hypocrisy you mentioned in your article, being also "transmitted" in our AI tools.
PS: I haven't see yet how free economy and healthcare can go hand by hand, I guess is work in progress, but from my personal experience in 3 EU countries in a transition phase I know that insurance or not, the advise is always the same: stay away from hospitals and over worked medical doctors. And it was the medical community to give me this advise 🙂 Any way I look forward to my AI healthcare personalised assistant but remains the fact that I won't trust them 100% and will always look for those medical doctors that really know their job
Thank you for the excellent feedback. I could not agree more. However with respect to artificial intelligence medical care and free market I would encourage you to read few of my past publications, as it will help clarify what American system of healthcare is going through.
I have lived and practiced medicine in Europe too and familiar with the U.K. National system.
The biggest mistake we are making is by trying to implement social programs on a capitalist base. Otherwise, personalized medicine is the same everywhere and has nothing to do with the payer system.
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