Joshua Landy, MD: Medical Leadership Needs to Include Docs in Tech Decisions

Allowing physicians to not hate their technology seems attainable, if healthcare wants to achieve it

The people tasked with using new tech tools in healthcare, Joshua Landy said, are not the people who choose them.

“That creates a market inefficiency,” he said in an interview at the Digital Pharma East meeting in Philadelphia.

Landy says that inefficiency can be corrected, and physicians can be made much happier, if medical leaders include them in the decisions made to procure technology.

“We’re going to see a rise in not only how much that tool gets used, but how much joy [physicians have],” he said. “I haven’t heard a healthcare professional talk too warmly about too many pieces of software.”

That baseline of simply making physicians not hate the technology they are given does not seem unattainable if healthcare wants to achieve it, according to the critical care doctor and Figure 1 CMO. Medicine needs to be less short-sighted, he said. It should fixate on long-term solutions rather than immediate or trendy ones.

"I promise everybody will do well from a financial perspective, but what we have to do is get the tools into the hands of the people that can use them. Let's do that as quickly as possible."