Healthcare has always experienced a love-hate relationship with technology.
New technologies have certainly both contributed to costs and reduced costs.
There has been considerable literature on how expensive new technologies become unnecessarily overused, and as the recent showdown with Ontario doctors demonstrates, can also be a catalyst for savings when procedures take less time and resources.
Can new technologies replace doctors altogether?
IBM’s Dr. Martin Cohn says no, although looking at the company’s healthcare applications for Watson, what is sometimes referred to as “IBM’s artificial intelligence computer,” it is not hard to see it becoming a major part of any doctor’s diagnostic process.