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100 thoughts on ““ROBOT” Doctor Delivers Bad News | Wednesday Checkup

  1. I mean, they are KP. They dont always have the most personal of doctors. I have been a patient there for 13 years. KP does have many great things about them, but sometimes I think they can get a little ahead of themselves. When I saw the headline I automatically thought it was Kaiser, and it didn't shock me that it was.

  2. Hi Doctor Mike ..! How to prevent gritted teeth during sleep.. coz its so shame when u sleep someone and your teeth is so noise and disturbing.. i hope u read this and can advise me.😊😊😊 thank u..!

  3. I've actually had a talk about it with my parents (both doctors) the other day after watching a video on youtube : "Humans Need not Apply". They basically used the same arguments. And I definitely agree with it. In my opinion a human factor is essential in doctors' interactions with patients. At the end of the day it's easier to talk with someone who we can emphatise with. Personally, as a future doctor I cannot imagine telling sad news to someone through a screen.
    P.S. love your videos 💕

  4. While I'm probably an outlier, I'd rather have a robot deliver this kind of news. I never could connect with other people well, just give me the facts and let me process it my own way, the typical 'sympathies' come off to me as fake…

  5. I wish all doctors were honest and open like you. I live in northern california and its so hit and miss with the Kaiser permanente healthcare system. In fremont and the south bay as a whole there is a severe shortage of doctors and facilities so I can imagine that this hospital was probably strapped and was trying to get this patient in and out of their facility, typical kaiser. smh.

  6. So… can I have a brain surgery that removes the part of me that wants human doctors? And while your at it, could you remove the part of my brain that slowly kills my body when I feel lonely?

  7. My employer and insurance company is really pushing telemedicine services for basic stuff including diagnosing a UTI or bronchitis. HOW would that work without a physical examination?

  8. Would love to hear your opinion on this: Teen escapes from Mayo Clinic https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/13/health/mayo-clinic-escape-2-eprise/index.html

  9. Thanks for making my dream job even stronger. This is why I want to become a paediatrician. To help children and comfort them. You truly inspire me.

  10. Well done sir, I feel you handled what could be a delicate topic with care and fineness, well done once again sir, if I was wearing a hat, it would be of to you. 🙂

  11. i mean to be honest

    if your family member is dying and your first idea after this happened is to contact media and make a story out of it
    you know what the priorities are

  12. Last year my father was having sezuires back to back and we waited for neuro to come by, once they calmed down they let us know that we were seen by a tele doctor and my family was put under an extreme amount of stress. My father ended up passing all tests and was sent home, it turned out it was Anti- Gaba B Encephalitis. My family and I petitioned for a doctor to be physically present but there was no choice.

    It is important to have a doctor that is physically there and fully engaged with the patient and their family.
    In some cases it may be necessary, but my family prefer a physical doctor to be present and if not the patient and family should have notification of the lack of a doctor physically being there prior to waiting for a doctor to come with results.

  13. I agree with you 100%, technology has its time and place but we shouldn't be leaning on it in all situations.

  14. I've just used this video as a debate in my class in Portugal! Thank you for your insight! Cheers from Portugal

  15. Maybe this isn’t the scenario everywhere , but I am a medical student in India and here the doctors often get BEATEN up for giving bad news especially delivering the news about death of the patient admitted. Often they’re admitted very late and however doctors try, they aren’t able to save the patient due to obvious acceptable reasons . Instead of understanding the situation the people accuse doctors of not doing their job properly and beat them up – unhesitatingly. So I feel having a robot deliver bad news is acceptable here, atleast the doctor who did his job is safe behind a screen! There were also instances where the hospital windows have been shattered and broken, so yes medical field now requires safety of the doctors and care of their health more than the patient’s.

  16. Your video on MD vs DO spurred me to switch my PCP from an MD to a DO! I see her a month from now and I'm excited to see if she can give me the help I need that my previous PCP wasn't.

  17. My mom died in December from COPD/emphysema….I would be so upset if that is how they told my mom and our family her prognosis thru a "web cam"!!!! Wow!!

  18. I've had one experience with telepresence in a medical setting: with a psychiatrist to discuss my Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It was the mold cold, distant, and uncomfortable interaction I've ever had with a medical professional and ironically sent my anxiety through the roof. I don't know how much of the blame falls on the use of telepresence vs. the psychiatrist's poor bedside manner, but it was enough to keep me from coming back to see them again.

  19. It's unfortunate the family feels this way, but the doctor made the choice to use the robot. The news doesn't change, and we don't know how busy the doctor was (however, he is likely incredibly busy). A nurse delivering the news may have comforted the family, but the nurse likely doesn't have the results/knowledge to answer follow up questions. We don't even know where the doctor was. I support the doctor, but I don't support the family or media in this.

  20. If I were the patient, I would not have liked this. I would have waited until the morning when the doctor is in person unless it was an emergency situation. (Like was about to die before morning) It feels like the dr. was getting out of an uncomfortable situation.

  21. Media's main goal is to get clicks, not to inform. It's really sad that we can't rely on journalists nowadays

  22. I was in the hospital not that long ago and they had me there for a week. I was nbm the entire time because I was waiting to get surgery (gallbladder removal. it was kinda emergency, I didnt know I had gallbladder issues until 11 or 12 hours after being admitted)
    With how long I had to wait for results for tests and to find if I could eat that day (I never found out until the last day I was there, they sent me home for a week because the pain settled and had me come back for the removal surgery) I would have LOVED if they sent the "robot" to me

  23. How the F can u leave ur relative get soooo bad with COPD (sure, they didn't know the diagnosis but the person can't breathe properly… there are only a few things to do in a case like this) that he comes to the ER and has less than 24h to live, that's like EXTREMELY acute COPD…? Like… what the…

  24. When he did the the robot voice “you. are. gonna. die.” 😂🤣😭😩 I’m sorry but that had me cry laughing!!!

  25. I don’t think “extenuating” is the word you wanted. Maybe “extreme” or “exceptional” would have been better?

  26. that robot doctor reminds me of an episode of bobs burgers when tina broke her ankle and used a robot version of herself to go to class and around town

  27. Personally I hate the tele com things. They do make a person feel very removed from everything. It makes things feel very impersonal and can make a person feel unimportant.

  28. I think if anything then maybe a robot and a human can work together on diagnosing a patient. Like both of them can listen and ask the questions and together they make the diagnosis. I think this is best because robots make less mistakes and are good at remembering information while humans notice more emotions and relate to the patient more.

    Though if I had to pick one or the other I would go with the human.

  29. My doctor told me over the phone that the pathologist had made a positive diagnosis of Hurthle Cell Cancer. After two AUS/FLUS FNAs and a suspicious AFIRMA result, we both knew going into surgery that there was a high likelihood of a Cancer diagnosis. In my case, I don't see where it would have made any difference whether or not I had to take time off work and drive an hour to his office to get the results or hear it over the phone, as we had already discussed possible treatment plans before hand. I don't think that it is always a bad thing to get this type of news if you are not physically with the Doctor.

  30. The way you are as a doctor (don't want to give detail because I can be here all day) reflects the way I want to be when I become one. I love the fact that you're a D.O. because that's what I'm falling into and REALLY believe in. CAN YOU BE MY MENTOR 😫 😫

  31. That is insanity indeed but as it should be proper communication shouldn't been carried out IF the unit should had been use in the first place (as a last resort).

  32. Not ONE mention of telemedicine's real failure: entirety of US diagnosticians jobs going overseas: Doctors, radiologists, lab work- all gone overseas. Whoosh!

  33. The family knew already, unless they never paid any attention to the patient's medical history. COPD is not an acute medical issue. They just wanted something or someone to blame to make themselves feel better.

  34. Well when you hear you are dying I know I would want the doctor in the room. By allowing a doctor to give bad news in person basically is just a slap in the face and basically say you are not worthy of me to show up while I give you this horrible news that the patient cannot even understand completely. It is and really unbelieveable. While the doctor was in who knows where and he is giving me information and he does not have the empathy to tell me in person is horrible and then the doctor is going to charge of burdens of dollars for the consult or so called visit is appalling. The fact that any hospital would think this is OK see medicine and patients as nothing but body part instead of the emotional and mental health aspect for the patients. This is not the direction we should be going towards. I know I would be pissed if my doctor pulled this on me .

  35. There is a time and a place for telemedicine, but in this case (unless there we're extenuating circumstances) I do feel it was not the time or place. Also, I do have a question for an upcoming video about deodorant, specifically the aluminum found in most conventional deodorants. How harmful is it actually, and why is everyone making such a big deal about it?

  36. AI "nurses" will be a thing. Something that monitors data instead of interpreting that data. For instance, you could plug in facts about a patient like medications and vital signs and the AI could monitor known complications and send out warning signs in case the doctor misses those complications. You always need someone who can verify whether a machine is working correctly and with medicine that means there is no benefit for creating an AI that can diagnose. The only benefit is in creating logs and warning signs to prevent emergency situations.

  37. Doctor Mike: talks while using air quotations

    Me: Just STOP! You always use them wrong!

    Btw, I love your videos 😁😆

  38. Hi, I work in the healthcare field as a Spanish Medical Interpreter. I work as an interpreter at home through video. Most people always prefer to have someone in person and I understand that. The ability to connect with an interpreter almost right away is the biggest perk compared to the delay in having to track down an interpreter. Another advantage of having a career through video is because I have a physical disability and working from home has been amazing! I just wanted to say I'm a huge fan and love all your videos. It would be great if more doctors were like you!

  39. I think the place of AI in healthcare is for very specific circumstances when a specialists expertise is needed. No single doctor can provide the same quality of care as a specialist would, for every single topic. If you want to have the world's best doctors on a specific disease to be involved with a patients healthcare, bringing that expert to meet every patient in person is impossible. So by either using remote communication, or AI is needed. So I think that an AI should be consulted by another human doctor that actually deals with the patient, but not be the only 'doctor' a patient deals with. Especially with emotionally sensitive topics like a prognosis of a terminal illness.

  40. If the AI robot can scan the environment and is able to recognize patterns in human behaviour it would be able to take a person's emotions into consideration probably much better than a human can

  41. I think it would have been better to give the info to the nurse so she or he could pass on the info to the family and make sure the family could make their decisions. It would be much more efficient and less confusing for the patient and family

  42. doctors arent moral support, if you think they should be you are in the wrong business, change profession to 'spiritual healer'

  43. Dr. Mike, how do you feel about the apps and websites where you can order or prescribe yourself birth control medication?

  44. I am all for telemedicine, I’ve been on the same medication for 10 years but I have to get blood work every six months. My blood work has always been the same and we have never had to change my medication but my doctor insists on me coming into the office for a literally five minute visit oh me everything looks good see you in six months. I drive a semi truck I don’t have Time to takeoff work to come into your office for five minutes for you to tell me the same thing you’ve been telling me for 10 years.

  45. Buenas tardes Mike.
    Buena información va hacer difícil que el humano acepte que un robot o máquina diagnostique a el enfermo. La ciencia acabas la tecnología avanza y nosotros tenemos que avanzar también. Gracias por los subtítulos de este video. Que tengas una excelente tarde.👋🙂💖👣

  46. This family just wanted something to bitch about. We use video chatting all the time in our lives. Why should this be seen any differently than any other video call?

    It's not like they didn't have other staff on hand to help explain what the doctor was telling the family and provide the emotional support they were wanting and needing at the time.

    If there was not an appropriate doctor available at the time, would you rather have someone who is not qualified, or a qualified individual who is telecommunicating with you? I would definitely choose the latter.

    Telemedicine is a great thing. It gives us access to specialists that we would otherwise not have access to, especially at night. What I often see with specialists that are in town and on call is that they'll do anything they can to let the patient wait till morning. They don't want to come in. But a telemedicine doctor is being paid to be available right now and give you answers right away and in a much closer to "in person" way.

    I hate the way the media overblows stuff like this. They can really set healthcare back with their terrible reporting. I used to want to be a journalist. So glad I avoiding becoming a disgusting snake for my job.

  47. Okay, now I ave context. I thought this was a story about preliminary testing of replacing doctors with robots. Hence the ''bad news''.

  48. Eres unico mike 😍😍💋💋💋💋💋❤❤❤💋💋💋💋😍😍😍😍💋❤❤ te quiero mucho y te amo mucho de karim

  49. That is only a current view of healthcare, but "robots can never replace doctor" it's a very bold statement. It's only the current view of the majority in society.. But, as civilization advances, that's a totally different game. Yes, your statement only holds truth for the present, but not for the future.

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