And Trainee Doctors are the engine for this change. The Clinical Entrepreneur Training program, established by NHS England in the UK in 2016, is the largest such national level program in the world. It provides the platform for retaining ~25% of medical graduates who drop off the training programs of the likes of NHS, UCLA, and Stanford, and creates a cohort, the mentality and the structure to improve global health through innovation. In so doing, it is this innovation engine that also will evolve the solutions – such as those incorporating artificial intelligence – that will take us out of the difficult transitional phase in the digitization of healthcare. Trainee Doctors providing solutions for not only their patients, but also for their own principal challenges.
Once embedded, this inevitable division of labor in healthcare – exploiting artificial intelligence – has many more potential advantages. The first is that the solutions are scalable and can easily be deployed across geographies, patient groups and healthcare settings, regardless of local skills and attitudes to healthcare. This produces economies of scale to drive down costs of care, and generates large quantities of centralized data that can reveal unidentified signals and indicators of both diagnostics and therapeutic benefit.
In addition, and very importantly, the significant impact this transformation could have on the role of doctors may be enough to attract and retain more talent to an industry in dire need of enthusiastic young doctors.