When sick care collides with driverless cars

Driverless cars, be they electric or gas, are here and should be passing by your house any time now in mass numbers. Of course, the change that will create will be as impactful as the changes the automobile created , from the interstate highway system, to suburbia and all points in between. So, when our sick care system collides with driverless cars we can expect some profound changes:

  1. No more DUIs filling emergency rooms
  2. No more excuses about work hour restrictions for residents who get into crashes because of sleep deprivation
  3. Self driving ambulances
  4. Going to "bad neighborhoods" to address the social determinants of adverse outcomes and making house calls using tele-self driving machines
  5. A rise in maternity services from having sex in the car
  6. Getting your grand rounds presentation done on time because you can do it in the car the morning of your presentation.
  7. A rise in trauma cases due to driverless car surfing without a helmet
  8. A decrease in missed appointments due to lack of transportation
  9. Reimbursement for PT after knee surgery in the car on the way to the ortho follow up appointment
  10. The attorney full employment act when someone has to decide who pays when driverless cars collide with ambulances with real drivers.
  11. More pharma and medtech ads
  12. Voice-activated journal articles or other personalized content you can listen to on the way to work

In addition, just like military and space technologies have had an enormous impact on commercial markets, AI technologies developed for driverless cars will have the same spill over effect on sick care. NVIDIA, which has helped pioneer the spread of AI across a growing range of fields, including self-driving cars, robotics and video analytics, is working with GE Healthcare to spread its application in healthcare. GPU-accelerated deep learning solutions can be used to design more sophisticated neural networks for healthcare and medical applications—from real-time medical condition assessment to point-of-care interventions to predictive analytics for clinical decision-making. For patients, the partnership aims to drive lower radiation doses, faster exam times and higher quality medical imaging.

The best way to predict the future is to find out what is happening now, but most people don't know ,and call it the future. If you plan to join the interstate highway version of the "mile high club", be sure your windows are mirrored...facing inward.

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs