Why so much medical technoskepticism?

Why so much medical technoskepticism?

Guest Post from Arlen Meyers

Medicine has transitioned from high touch to high tech to low trust. The explosion of post COVID technology “innovations” is leaving a wake of skepticism from the healing class.

As noted, Covid-19 let virtual medicine out of the bottle. Now it’s time to tame it. If we don’t, there is a danger that it will stealthily become a mainstay of our medical care. Deploying it too widely or too quickly risks poorer care, inequities and even more outrageous charges in a system already infamous for big bills.

Medical technoscepticism is driven by:

  1. Unresolved conflicts between the ethics of medicine and the ethics of business
  2. False promises and marketing hype
  3. Resistance to change
  4. Faulty thinking leading to technology adoption errors
  5. The halo from BIG TECH shenanigans and the resulting distrust
  6. Social media misinformation and infodemics
  7. Not addressing the needs of end user healthcare professionals and what they value
  8. Rules, legislation and administrative mandates and that interfere with dissemination and implementation and the resulting unintended consequences
  9. Inequitable access and lack of clinical validation to solutions
  10. Inadequate professional and patient education and training about present and future medical technologies and their value
  11. Fear about artificial intelligence and its effect on society
  12. Security, privacy and confidentiality concerns

The pandemic resulted in an increase in virtual care.  But its place and value in the post-pandemic world is up in the air. To help policymakers, payers, providers assess the  various ways in which virtual care programs could have a positive impact for patients, clinicians, payers, and society going forward, the American Medical Association and Manatt Health developed a framework. It can be used by care providers to develop and evaluate new digitally-enabled-care models, by payers to inform coverage and payment decisions, and by policymakers to establish regulations.

Much like addressing vaccine skepticism, technoskepticism will require a multipronged approach. . Maybe you should just take all those worthless vitamins and supplements and forget about all the technology snake oil.

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About Arlen Meyers

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is an emeritus professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, an instructor at the University of Colorado-Denver Business School and cofounding President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at www.sopenet.org. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ameyers/
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