Siren song of tech lures new doctors away from medicine

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Even as a young child, Amanda Angelotti dreamed about becoming a doctor.

But by her third year at the University of California, San Francisco medical school. Angelotti couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing.

During a routine shift at the hospital, making rounds with her fellow students, Angelotti said her thoughts kept drifting.

“I was supposed to be focused on the patient’s vital signs and presenting a summary, but I was consumed with thoughts about how to improve the process of rounds,” she said. Most striking to her was the patient’s absence from the discussion. “I kept asking myself, ‘How could we change things to involve the patient more?'”

Just a stone’s throw from UCSF Medical Center, a small group of entrepreneurs at Rock Health, a business accelerator program that is now a venture firm, were thinking about how to shake up the health care process with technology. These startups were developing new wearable devices and mobile apps to help patients take more control of their own health.

Read the full article: NPR

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