Sick care has turned into a data industry that happens to take care of patients. There is data, data everywhere. More students are interested in writing the book. Unfortunately, few know how to read it.
Medical data illiteracy is growing. How to read the medical literature has taken a back seat to promoting statistical thinking and interest in quantitative data analysis, and the gap extends from k-12 through graduate and professional school. Data literacy has become one of the tools the workforce of the future, including doctors ,will need to win the 4th industrial revolution.
For example, The Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy partnered with AI and healthcare experts to identify the top three issues slowing the development, adoption and use of AI-enabled CDS (clinical decision support) software.
Patient-collected data is becoming much more prevalent in recent years, and as a result it has begun to play a substantial role in many recent organizational innovations and informatics projects. When patients bring this data to preventive and follow-up visits, they expect it to help care providers to inform their decision-making and improve their care. However, physicians and care providers often struggle to find value in and utilize this data due to gaps in training, confidence in security and privacy, as well as general lack of capabilities to use this data. As such, many organizations are calling for increased data literacy training so as to strategically drive the message of the overall capabilities of data.
So, how, where and what should we teach medical professionals to be data literate?
Data scientists, computer technologists and healthcare professionals, increasingly, are becoming more and more separated by a common language. Patients are the ones who get lost in the translation.
Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs.
Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is a professor emeritus of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at www.sopenet.org. He has created several medical device and digital health companies. His primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization. He consults for and speaks to companies, governments, colleges and universities around the world who need his expertise and contacts in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism -- nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures. He is a former Harvard-Macy fellow and In 2010, he completed a Fulbright at Kings Business, the commercialization office of technology transfer at Kings College in London. He recently published "Building the Case for Biotechnology." "Optical Detection of Cancer", and " The Life Science Innovation Roadmap". He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. In addition, He is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School where he teaches Biomedical Entrepreneurship and is an iCorps participant, trainer and industry mentor. He is the Chief Medical Officer at www.bridgehealth.com and www.cliexa.com and Chairman of the Board at GlobalMindED at www.globalminded.org, a non-profit at risk student success network. He is honored to be named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives of 2011 and nominated in 2012 and Best Doctors 2013.