Vinod Khosla, a prominent Silicon Valley investor, says that Doctors will soon be a thing of the past, replaced by computer algorithms:
Eventually, we won’t need the average doctor and will have much better and cheaper care for 90-99% of our medical needs. We will still need to leverage the top 10 or 20% of doctors (at least for the next two decades) to help that bionic software get better at diagnosis. So a world mostly without doctors (at least average ones) is not only not reasonable, but also more likely than not. There will be exceptions, and plenty of stories around these exceptions, but what I am talking about will most likely be the rule and doctors may be the exception rather than the other way around.
I think that a lot of the work that doctors do is actually more about solving complex, fuzzy problems and organising care in a way that prioritises emotional issues and causes the least distress for patients. I think that computers will be much more helpful that they are at the moment and will prevent many of the errors that are currently routine, but patients will still need a sympathetic, responsible, knowledgeable person to guide them through difficult and distressing healthcare decisions.
What do you think?