Medicine, the science of uncertainty

In a recent article, it was estimated that at least $200 billion is wasted annually on excessive testing and treatment. The impact of the overly aggressive, extraneous care is not only financial in nature but also generates mistakes and injuries believed to cause 30,000 deaths each year. In 1979 the founders of the field of behavioral… Continue reading Medicine, the science of uncertainty

It from Bit

The universe is composed of energy, matter, and information. However, it is not energy nor matter that makes the Earth unique, but information. No known place in the known universe holds more information than Earth.  It is said, our planet is to information what a black hole is to matter and what a star is… Continue reading It from Bit

Brain Drain

Data, information, and the patient physician encounter are at the heart of medicine and health. William Osler (the father of modern medicine) recognized early the role of patient focused data driven decision making when he stated that, “the practice of medicine is an art, based on science.” Translated into modern medicine, the physician gathers information… Continue reading Brain Drain