Keeping Data On Doctors

Ford Vox wants doctors to embrace technologies, like those in the above video, that encourage hand-washing:

I attend meetings every week, some of which recur on the same day and at the same time. Yet without the beep from my phone’s calendar, I would often be late or absent. Similarly, doctors know what they are looking for in the tests they order for patients, but it still helps when lab reports “red-flag” abnormal results. I’m not insulted when the lab publishes the normal range of creatinine alongside my patient’s value, even though I have many years of experience assessing these numbers. I’m not demeaned when the pharmacist calls to ask about a potential drug interaction in a prescription I have written.

A nudge to remember to wash hands should be equally unobjectionable.