He’s wearing a wire

What do Gordon Gekko and Google have in common? (and please don’t say they both start with “G” – you’re smarter than that) They both know that the most valuable commodity is information. To that end, Google’s latest healthcare initiative has the company teaming up with Stanford physicians to audio record your doctor visit. Creepy? Maybe, but there’s more. Called a “digital scribe” the pilot program is designed to use the audio recording to populate your electronic health record (EHR), freeing the physician from taking and transcribing notes. Researchers will then use machine learning algorithms to detect patterns from the recordings that can be used to automatically complete a “progress note.” That sounds better. And really, how bad can it be? It’s not like the physician will be wearing a wire, right?