As the development of medicine accelerates in the age of COVID-19, the methods and processes through which we conduct the most basic of clinical activities – diagnosing and treating patients – must advance as well.
Although machine learning algorithms show great potential in optimizing patient care, imaginative or associative patterns of learning are necessary in order for such learning algorithms to replicate the cognitive abilities of physicians.
Opioid epidemic in one chart – correlation conflated with causation
There is no cause-and-effect relationship between prescribing and overdose mortality. But millions of patients are being denied safe and effective pain care.
Seniors over age 62 are prescribed opioids for pain three times more often than youth under age 19. But youth have overdose rates three times higher than seniors. No medical model can explain these demographics.
Source: Richard A Lawhern, PhD, Patient Advocate