Health Care Executives recently held a symposium on Intelligence in Surgery. They named three components; smart instrument systems, human understanding, and digital insights. Surgeons already have a lot of understanding about what they do, particularly in the O.R. My App LOBAK is an example combining human understanding with digital insight. It’s a way of coding your knowledge and using a computer to do the calculating. Then a surgeon’s insight is needed to evaluate the results.

Smart instruments are coming along, but I don’t think they have sufficiently proven their safety and shown improved effectiveness in many cases. I’m not sure I am quite ready to be operated on by a robot. Right now I’m not sure about ever flying in a Boeing 737 Max.

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