Within 30 years the computer will replace the human doctor

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A $1,000 computer will match processing speed of the human brain –  20 billion calculations per second – by 2020.  By 2030, it will simulate the brain power of a small village about 1,000 human minds. By 2048, it will have the brain power of the entire population of the U.S.

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25% of patients now read online physician reviews

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1 in 4 Americans now look online for doctor reviews.

There has always been a love/hate relationship between doctors and the Internet. Some doctors bristle at the fact that many patients now shop for physicians in the same way they shop for restaurants and plumbers: using online review sites.

 

 

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Telling white lies common practice among doctors: study

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Everybody lies — even doctors.

Eleven percent of doctors say that they have told a patient or a child’s guardian something that was not true in the past year, and about 20 percent say they have not fully disclosed a mistake to a patient because they were afraid of being sued, according to a new study.

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Online Doctors Bring New Meaning to “House Calls”

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Online doctors diagnosing and treating common conditions over the internet.

Internet entrepreneurs have brought new meaning to the phrase “house calls.”  Oline companies with names such as “MDLiveCare” and “RingADoc” are diagnosing and treating common conditions such as allergies and the flu over the Internet or on the phone, forcing state regulators to revisit decade-old rules about what constitutes a doctor/patient relationship.

 

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Demand for Psychiatrists Climbing Faster Than Any Other Medical Specialty

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Psychiatrists are the third most requested physician.

A national physician recruiting firm says the demand for psychiatrists is climbing faster than for any other medical specialty.From April 2009 to March 2010, the company Merritt Hawkins received 179 requests for psychiatrists — a 47% increase from the previous year and 121% increase from the 2006-2007 survey.

 

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