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'IT may reduce doctors' tasks'

BS Reporter  |  Hyderabad 

Technology might take over many of the tasks doctors do today, says Vinod Khosla, co-founder of and the investor who runs

Addressing a joint plenary of the International Conference on Transforming Healthcare with IT 2013 and the International Patient Safety Congress here on Saturday, Khosla said: "Machines are better at integrative medicine." He said doctors and the patients had to jointly work on enabling technologies that make information technology in healthcare a success.

Pointing out that nearly half of American adults have difficulty understanding and acting on health-related information, he said in the future, patients would have the data and analysis to become the "CEO of [their] own health". According to Khosla, currently there is a delayed, missed and incorrect diagnosis in 10-20 of cases. The Patient Safety Congress saw the adoption of a first-of-its-kind patient safety resolution.

First Published: Sat, September 07 2013. 22:36 IST