What We’re Reading: 11/08/19


A few highlights from around the web that made it into our feeds this week.

Our Hospital’s New Software Frets About My ‘Deficiencies’

Hospitals have complex patient record systems, and much of the complexity is necessary to organize vast amounts of health information for so many people. But not all of it. 

Many doctors have discussed how some design elements in these newer programs feel unnecessarily burdensome, and we've shared several articles on our social media pages that highlight the burden of paperwork in general. But this essay takes that discussion a step further—what about the product's voice and the emotional toll it can create? Don’t miss this essay. (From nytimes.com)

Diagnostic Gaps: Skin Comes In Many Shades And So Do Rashes

It’s not just Google that lacks images of diseases in skin of people of color, it’s the books and training materials in medical school too. When medical students learn about dermatological conditions with images primarily of white skin, their ability to recognize skin conditions in people of color is compromised. The patient’s health is compromised.

This article explores the issue a step further—what about the diagnostic machines that medical technology companies are developing? If we don’t fix the diversity gap in medical training now, we will only perpetuate those biases with artificial intelligence. (From npr.org)

Tens of thousands watch livestreamed brain surgery

Jenna Schardt had a mass of blood vessels in her brain that suddenly affected her ability to speak. She needed an operation that required her to remain awake during surgery so surgeons could test her cognitive abilities while removing the lesions. It’s not the surgery that’s unique, but our invitation to watch.

Jenna was keen to show others in the community that there is a treatment. She wanted to share her experience, and viewers were surely moved. People all over the world tuned in to watch. By the time the surgery ended, it had over 45,000 views and 1,000 comments. If you missed the live video, you can watch the surgery here. We recommend it. (From theguardian.com)

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