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“Doctors can be replaced by software – 80% of them can. I’d much rather have a good machine learning system diagnose my disease than the median or average doctor.”
Vinod Khosla – Rock Health Innovation Summit, 2012.

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A recent publication by Canadian authors suggested that the Safe Surgery Checklist was ineffective in achieving its objectives of reducing complications and deaths, despite having been adopted by Accreditation Canada in 2011 as a “required organizational practice”, and previously proven to reduce complications and deaths in a number of studies.

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