Computers are incredibly useful in recalling vast databases of information reliably and quickly. Knowing this, should we be “teaching” computers medicine? If so, how should we utilize them in the process of working up a patient’s symptoms?
I don’t think computers will ever substitute a physician’s ability to “heal” the patient, nor do I believe primary care doctors are in jeopardy of being replaced (although I do feel nurse practitioners will take on a greater role in the initial workup of patients). But what I do know is that primary care will be foolish not to incorporate a computer’s suggestions in the future.