They made contact through this blog having read some of my previous articles on AI in medicine and seeing that I was based near their college.
It was a pleasure to meet with Oliver, Lucy and Sam and be filmed at my surgery. They asked some great questions.
I was shocked in the film to see how much I say “erm”.
Must work on that…
We talked about how AI may soon be supporting, or even outperforming and replacing humans in certain tasks. Particularly those involving the understanding and weighing of complicated information, applying algorithmic rules to make predictions and draw conclusions, especially when consistency and low rates of error are important. This includes a large part of what doctors, health workers and many other professionals do on a day to day basis.
AI looks set to challenge humans in many of those professions which have traditionally been seen as a good bet by students for steady employability and decent pay.
I commented that in choosing to study, film, a field that draws on creativity and originality to entertain other humans, they might have made a smart choice in terms of their future job chances and pay.
Artistic and artisan pursuits require a human touch and a willingness to make mistakes. In order to truly have value for some people, others need to be challenged and to dislike.
eGPLearning PodBlast- Dr Keith Grimes & Medical VR Interview + Show Notes
In this episode of the eGPLearning Podblast, we interview Dr Keith Grimes, a GP and Medical Virtual Reality pioneer.
We talk about how Keith became interested in VR and how he has been using it in his clinical practice. We discuss the potential for VR in healthcare and also some of the pitfalls. Keith describes some of the projects and studies he is involved in.
Keith also explains how he built his skills to use social media to promote and build a community around his interest in Medical VR, and his tips for combining a career in health care with another interest or passion.
This is a great listen for your commute, on the treadmill or relaxing at home.
How to contact Keith and get involved in the Medical VR community:
Back for episode 2. Improved and shorter at 17 minutes. Perfect for your commute.
In this episode, Dr Gandhi Husein interviews Dr Kenny Livingstone, the founder and CEO of Zoomdoc. Zoomdoc is a smartphone app designed to connect patients with local GPs in their area for home visits. They discuss Kenny’s journey to date creating the app, the challenges faced by medical entrepreneurs and what his plans are for the service in the future.
Dr Puddle looked up and around at a room of knowing looks and unsurprised faces.
The staff room had a number of thoughts about why the trial may have failed…
1. Wrong solution for the wrong problem? Efforts to improve access when capacity is the problem will not help
There are a finite number of GPs, nurses and appointments and a seemingly unquenchable demand. Getting an appointment can often feel like a competition. When systems change, patients wise up quickly and soon learn how to maximise their chance of getting an appointment. Call earlier, ring at certain times of the day when slots are released, drop in as the surgery opens. A new equilibrium is quickly reached.
New ways of booking an appointment don’t change things for long if the problem is that there aren’t enough appointments in the first place.
Attempts to improve capacity by simply improving access can backfire and overwhelm already over stretched services.