George Blackburn, professor at Harvard Medical School, explains how technology can improve the nation's healthcare system. He also talks about whether there are enough doctors in the U.S.
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Improving Team Oriented Healthcare George Blackburn: Well, I think there is a healthcare system so broken. So the good news about that is we can start from scratch and clearly we know that it has to be team oriented that we had to write them up of doctors, nurse practitioners and other allied health people to put it together. We have to get our health records up on the internet. So these new announcements that Google another’s going to provide a platform for a health record are terrific. We do had to personalize our own healthcare and prevention and treatment and use partners. I think we’re going to find medic clinics and community convenience clinics that will be a good place to take your electronic medical record and your personalize medical history to get care. But right now, the system offer is not healthcare but its medical care and we had to get back to healthcare. Do you support universal healthcare? Yes. I think it’ll have to come in steps but you could just do the math just see the trends of dollars that we’re spending by not having a universal healthcare and know that ultimately we have to get there and how we go from where we are with a broken system to universal healthcare is going to take a lot of people caring and take a lot of action. Are there enough doctors in the U.S.? Absolutely, I mean we now are talking about adding maybe as many as six born medical student classes each with another 150 medical students in it worth thousands of doctor short particularly in primary care that’s why we have to have a health care system with this internet health records and with teams that include this community healthcare centers that can screen and fill their people. They have to be the enjoined with doctor groups and hospital groups for us to have a healthcare system that we definitely do not have at this time. Does medical education need reform? Yes, absolutely. I mean we need to reengineer the medical school education. We of course are doing that at Harvard now. We’re working on this health literacy areas so our graduate school of education is helping us with the professionalism so that now there's equal status for the scientific medical doctor in Harvard and the clinical doctor at Harvard. But our students are struggling with this change over in education because its so complex but we do had to make room for more doctors and we had to get more efficient in our education process.
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