If IBM gets its way, that doctor is likely to be a machine, as the USA is likely to be short around 45,000 primary care physicians within the next seven years. One way around it: digital assistants provided by supercomputers.
The goal is to create a digital assistant that can point doctors to crucial data and likely diagnoses based on a patient's medical history.
With fewer doctors even as Obamacare promises to add at least 41 million more patients into an already overloaded system, the medical professions are going to need all the help that they can get. But it opens a crucial question for the ambulance-chasers: who are they going to sue for malpractice?
On a somewhat related note, the US RDA for vitamin D hasn't been modified since the 1920's, when the recommendation was established as a means for preventing rickets, an issue often seen at the time among incoming immigrants at Ellis Island. However, it appears to be much more important than simply preventing rickets; over the years, some 2500 studies have shown an inverse correlation between serum vitamin D and its metabolites - and all kinds of cancer.
Don't know about you, but I've upped my dose. It's way cheaper than Obamacare.