El doctor Vartabedian resume magníficamente qué es un médico analógico y uno digital:
The digital physician
- Information consumption is web-based
- Rarely uses a pen. Care and correspondence is conducted through an EMR.
- Socially connected. Comfortable with real time dialog at least on a peer-to-peer level. Recognizes the inevitable role of synchronous digital dialog between doctor and patient.
- E-patient centric. Recognizes the sovereignty of the patient and recognizes their access to information as a critical asset to care.
- Mobile dependent. Sees the ability to provide patient care as dependent upon a smart phone or tablet.
- Uses digital tools to control inputs. Has web-based mechanisms in place to help curate information and other inputs from various sources.
The analog physician
- Consumes information through paper books and journals. Often overheard saying curious things like, “I like the smell of paper” or “I’ve gotta be able to hold it.”
- Still use paper charts. While she may interface with computers, her care is coordinated and facilitate via the manual exchange of ink on pulp. Illegible prescriptions are seen as a badge of honor.
- Has little to no social presence. Either doesn’t understand the value of engagement or is driven by fear. Sees no obligation to participate in social dialog or content creation.
- Physician centric. Sees physician as the core provider of information. Care delivery centered as much on the needs and demands of the physician as the patient.
- Smart phone has no real role in her provision of care. Even the simplest point of care queries are done through dog-eared manuals kicking around the work area. May be overheard lamenting AT&T’s discontinued support the Motorola StarTac.
- Core inputs are snail mail box and email. Can be heard giggling, “If it’s not in my ‘in box’ I’ll never see it.”
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