When we talk about technology taking away jobs, we do not think of 'doctors' and 'nurses', do we? That's because we still want a human expert when we are sick and are afraid of putting our healthcare needs in the hands of computers, robots, and artificially intelligent (AI) technology.
This might change soon.
Meet your new physician/surgeon – Dr. Robot!
Futurologists now believe that highly-skilled robots can replace the doctors soon. They believe that these robots can be, in fact, better than human doctors as they can process large amounts of data quickly. With machine learning, they can keep improving with time too. More they are used in practice, better they will become - until they become much better than their human counterparts.
We can see the change happening.
Smart diagnostic tools are already taking over the world of medicine. The stethoscope is not considered a critical diagnostic instrument anymore. A physical medical examination is getting replaced by precise diagnostic technologies such as CT examination.
Even patients are changing. There was a time when patients went to the doctor, told him the condition, and took his advice. Today, in the Information Age, most people want to know and understand more about their condition, know all the different options, open to them, and only approach the doctor to reinforce their belief in what they learn with expert medical advice.
We can say that precision medicine (caring for diseases that can be diagnosed accurately and treated with predictable evidence-based therapies) is taking over intuitive medicine in which the efficacy of the treatment mainly depended on clinical judgment of a doctor.
One big trend that we are seeing in medical innovations today is that instead of 'treatment' of diseases, the focus is on 'predicting' and 'preventing' diseases. Next-generation medical technology includes robotics, nanotechnology innovations, and innovative genomics and personalized medicine solutions that is reducing our need to go to the doctor every day.