We have the tech right now, today, to completely revolutionize medicine.
I'm sure you knew that no two hospitals, in any region, will share patient information. Yes, there are privacy rights. I understand this. However, there is non-personal healthcare information which doctors and hospitals could share yet still do not . . . i.e. sharing the effectivity of treatments, sharing correct/incorrect diagnosis. They won't share any of this information and I argue, deliberately, to your peril.
Steel clad silos
Hospitals can't share information even if they wanted otherwise. Each hospital uses different data formats and different data systems. Even though the AMA (American Medical Association) sits on top of this industry and regulates that industry heavily, it will not move to improve this one basic "feature". The process of moving your information from one doctor to another is deliberately employing 18th-century technology -- the printer and paper.
If you want to get a different opinion of your symptoms, you will have to go to another doctor (at another hospital), request paper-transfer of your information/history, and then wait for your new doctor to get that information and read it. Are you kidding me?
How many hospitals follow-up with a patient and ask them if they are getting better? This never happens. This fact should be ringing all kinds of alarm bells in your head. A lack of follow-up in any industry means that company doesn't give a hoot about how you are doing nor about how THEY are doing. There are no lessons being learned in modern medicine. Hospitals are meat-grinders.
You are an experiment
If hospitals treated each patient as a unique medical experiment which in reality we are, they would be capturing historical data of symptoms, prescribed treatment, and effectivity of those prescriptions. Even if one hospital were to capture the COMPLETE progress of its patients, put it into an intelligent database, beginning to end, this would be a huge leap forward.
Moreso, as these hospitals will not interchange patient data, there is no way to capture any improvements in health-care as an industry nor share the results of their experiments universally. Yes, you are a medical experiment. Each time you step into a hospital, you rely on a human to interpret your symptoms and make a connection to some known cause which they may (or may not) happen to remember (or know). It is a medical miracle if they get it right.
This is why getting multiple opinions on your symptoms is very important. You have to do the legwork which the medical industry refuses to do for you. It's ridiculous! It is not like the medical industry is a fractured industry of competition . . . it is heavily governed and regulated exclusively by a cartel (AMA).
Medical revolution is lowest hanging fruit
Modern AI (artificial intelligence), available today, could revolutionize patient diagnosis and treatment. Since the AMA sits on top of this industry, silo'ing medical information, it has exclusivity of that information and a monopoly on your health care. That industry never has any financial incentive (or moral compulsion) to improve. And the entire industry stagnates.
The harsh reality is that doctors don't have any incentive to share information either . . . least of all putting their diagnosis and medical results into a database for an AI to learn from and make intelligent correlations between historical symptoms and historical cures. Certainly, this technology would replace a major function of the doctor (diagnosis). I am not surprised they would be quietly (but firmly) keeping the lid down on this pandora's box.
The human body is not evolving like technology does. The knowledge of human biology and curing human ailments are finite. Doctors are hoarding information and health secrets to protect their utility. There is absolutely no incentive for sharing progress and shared learning. At least not at the pace they could be progressing if they leveraged 21st-century technology.
Medical doctors of the past, and as well today, are merely learning cause and effect relationships in the human body. Artifical intelligence is fantastic in matching cause and effect relationships. Millions of times better than a human brain. However, without a common medical database, without a network of knowledge sharing, there is no possibility of creating this value for people right now. Fundamental values in the medical industry would have to first change. Foremost, they would really have to care about your health as an incentive. As well, the AMA would have to begin caring about how they dispense health care.
All this technology is sitting at our feet today . . . not tomorrow, today! Millions of lives could be saved every year we wait for a belligerent industry to become invested in saving lives.
This is the biggest travesty of our time. Perhaps people just do not know that a brilliant medical future is just around the corner, but we have a corrupt medical cartel that purposely looks straight ahead . . . to our detriment.
What is the first step toward revolution?
Build a competitive health-care market outside the monopoly of the AMA cartel.