AI clinical

I didn’t become a physician to do data entry

I opened Ms. Tucker’s chart. There were twenty-one tabs vertically on the left-hand corner of the screen and eighteen tabs horizontally on the top of the screen. I quickly glanced through the cluttered twenty-one vertical tabs; I clicked on the one I am looking for — “transfer medication reconciliation” in the 19th slot. A new grid showing sixteen held orders opened. I selected each of them separately and clicked on “continue.” Select and continue. Sixteen times two: thirty-two clicks.

Source: Mallidi, J. (2018). I didn’t become a physician to do data entry.

Another call for clinicians to be more involved in the design, development, deployment and evaluation of clinician-facing software. There’s evidence that poor software design leads to unreliable data capture, placing patients at risk, as well as being at least partly responsible for physician burnout. Unless you’re a clinician working in the complex (chaotic?) environment of a health system, you’re probably not going to design a user interface that:

  • Is intuitive to use
  • Enables accurate (valid and reliable) data capture
  • Is secure but ALSO user-friendly
  • Degrades gracefully (is tolerant to faults)

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AI technology

The future is ear: Why “hearables” are finally tech’s next big thing

Your ears have some enormously valuable properties. They are located just inches from your mouth, so they can understand your utterances far better than smart speakers across the room. Unlike your eyes, your ears are at work even when you are asleep, and they are our ultimate multi-taskers. Thousands die every year trying to text while they drive, but most people have no problem driving safely while talking or dictating messages–even if music is playing and children are chatting in the background.

Source: Burrows, P. (2018). The future is ear: Why “hearables are finally tech’s next big thing.

Audio is going to be the next important user interface for human-computer interaction. You could argue that it already is (see Google Home and Assistant, Alexa, Siri, and Cortana). If you think of it as a bandwidth problem you can see that we can take in so much more information by listening, compared to reading. And, unlike reading, listening frees us up to do other things at the same time.