Gennaio 2019

Il 5G promette una rivoluzione delle telecomunicazioni e permetterebbe di collezionare una pletora di dati finora inimmaginabili. È bene essere informati su quali possano essere i pro e i contro di un uso scorretto di questa tecnologia (ho scritto un breve documento sulle funzionalità tecniche del 5G, ma ve lo risparmio).

Google, Amazon, Facebook hanno le informazioni in mano [1]; Intel, Apple, Samsung, Huawei [2] dominano l’hardware. Il futuro promette servizi sanitari automatizzati, robot, chirurgia a distanza. Ma è bene non perdere di vista l’importanza del rapporto umano che si instaura tra dottore e paziente [3].

Saluti, Francesco 😊

[1] Amazon Knows What You Buy. And It’s Building a Big Ad Business From It.

When a chain of physical therapy centers wanted new patients, it aimed online ads at people near its offices who had bought knee braces recently on Amazon.

When a financial services provider wanted to promote its retirement advisory business, it directed ads to people in their 40s and 50s who had recently ordered a personal finance book from Amazon.

[2] How Huawei Wooed Europe With Sponsorships, Investments and Promises

For European countries, disentangling from Huawei won’t be easy. Its equipment is a crucial part of wireless infrastructure in Europe, and the company has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on 5G research, opening testing hubs in Britain, Germany and Poland. The company has said countries that ban Huawei, like the United States, risk delaying construction of the new hyperfast network.

[3] Can a Nice Doctor Make Treatments More Effective?

All of this research suggests that doctors who don’t connect with their patients may risk undermining a treatment’s success. Doctor-patient rapport is not just a fluffy, feel-good bonus that boosts Yelp reviews, but a component of medical care that has important effects on a patient’s physical health. Particularly as artificial intelligence promises a world where we don’t need to go to the doctor for minor questions, we should not overlook the value of interacting with a human doctor and hearing words of encouragement.

We often think the only parts of medical care that really matter are the “active” ingredients of medicine: the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. But focusing only on these ingredients leaves important components of care underappreciated and underutilized. To really help people flourish, health care works better when it includes caring.