The numbers are in and artificial intelligence has great potential to improve care. But used alone it can accomplish nothing without engaging the patient.
As human beings, we often think we are each unique individuals with his or own personal story to tell. As I have often said when encouraging other parents not to compare their kids to other children, “Babies are like snowflakes, none of them are exactly the same.”
Healthcare providers often think this about their patients, too. After all, people have their own genetic make-up and experience a unique set of environmental factors that influence their health. And we’ve all seen those patients, who for whatever reason, don’t respond to medication, surgery or other interventions the way other patients have.
I’ve heard skeptics of evidence-based practice, comparative effectiveness and outcomes based reimbursement say that because each patient is unique, it’s unreasonable to expect “cookie cutter” interventions to work. This sentiment if often accompanied by the “I’m a professional. I can decide what’s best so don’t tell me what to do” argument. Health care providers also value their individuality.