Digital Medicine and the Future of Healthcare

Digitization ClipartThe digitization of medicine is transforming the entire healthcare system. New technologies like mobile apps and wearables bring both benefits and risks, patient access to healthcare is evolving, EHRs have created new patient safety risks, and artificial intelligence is evolving to play a role in future patient care. How can doctors adapt to these massive changes?

What Doctors Need to Know About the Digitization of Medicine

Doctor Robert M. WachterThe Doctors Company has partnered with Robert M. Wachter, MD, author of the New York Times bestseller The Digital Doctor, to share insights into how these changes will play out for physicians and patients and what future improvements and advancements are on the horizon. In the video series, Dr. Wachter discusses the hospital of the future, how to improve EHRs, the promise of personalized medicine, wearables, Open Notes, and more.


About Dr. Wachter
Dr. Wachter coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is generally considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest-growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is the author of 250 articles and six books, including The Digital Doctor, which reached the New York Times science bestseller list. He is a professor and interim chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also directs the Division of Hospital Medicine.

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