Brazilian Physician Dr. Jorge Moll Discusses the Role of Technology in Medicine

Dr. Jorge Moll, director of the D’Or Institute in Rio de Janeiro, recently contributed a piece to the Brazilian magazine Veja Rio. The long-time physician-researcher marveled at the pace at which medical technology has advanced and rise of the application of digital technologies to medical care. According to Dr. Jorge Moll, the breakthroughs which are just around the corner are poised to rival the Internet revolution in significance.

Dr. Moll discussed Sutter Health vice president Dr. Albert Chan’s visit to the D’Or Institute in Rio de Janeiro. Sutter is the second-largest health system in the United States and a leader in the adoption of new technologies. According to Dr. Moll, Chan’s visit was a chance to highlight the potential of technology to transform patient care. For a Brazilian audience, the idea of your doctor being able to pull up your entire medical history using a voice command seems far-fetched, but information technology is revolutionizing the practice of medicine in the same way advances in genetics and molecular biology are transforming the practice of human medicine. Learn more about Jorge on Wikipedia.

Dr. Moll believes that Brazil will be home to a wave of start-ups in biotechnology and medical informatics. With a growing population and advanced medical infrastructure, the country has the demand and the mature markets necessary to foster growth. Dr. Jorge Moll views public-private partnerships as an essential part of making this type of growth possible. He believes that these innovations will make medicine more human and not less, as they will help doctors tailor care to patients and allow them to provide just-in-time care. Learn more about Jorge Moll at Google Scholar.

Dr. Jorge Moll is extremely optimistic about the future of medical technology. Although most people think of the cutting-edge work being carried out at universities when they think about the role of technology in medicine, it is Dr. Moll’s contention that virtually every aspect of medical practice will see change for the better.

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