Technology might take over many of the tasks doctors do today, says Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems and the Silicon Valley investor who runs Khosla Ventures.
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.