I’ve been doing some reading on what Charles Friedman calls “The fundamental theorem of medical informatics”. Basically, it goes as follows:
Corollary #1 (Person): The intelligent user’s personal knowledge and beliefs are at least as important as anything the technology does.
Corollary #2 (Technology): The technology must be able to tell the user something he/she does not already know.
Corollary #3 (Interaction): Something unpredictable happens when the two (i.e., people, technology) come together.
Fundamental Theorem of Medical Informatics: “Creating an environment of “supported practice” such that an intelligent person (e.g., practitioner) working in combination with information resources/technology is “better” than the person without such support.”
I think that on the whole, I support and agree with this “fundamental theorem”. But, I wonder if there is an implied understanding that this theorem is really only for health care practitioners and institutions in which they operate. I suppose that the term medical informatics pretty much describes the context.
I wonder: is there an underlying foundational “theorem” that drives ehealth? If so, is it different from Friedman’s fundamental theorem?
You can view a copy of Friedman’s presentation here.