Not very long ago I watched a young woman walk into the street with her nose in the phone…
…a truck was speeding towards her and had no time to stop!
Luckily, some guy standing on the corner reached out, grabbed her coat, and pulled her to safety.
Just like that, a major tragedy was avoided.
The strange thing was, Ms. Lucky-to-be-Alive didn’t seem to take any notice! She continued to swipe at her phone, ignoring the world around her, and didn’t even give the kindly man a courtesy “thanks.”
Talk about being disconnected from reality- or maybe too connected to her technology.
As a modern medical professional, I utilize amazing technology on a daily basis. I have my laptop, iPhone, pulse ox, coag machine, this, that, and the other.
Check out the hospital, a modern marvel of incredible lifesaving bio technology, miraculous by historical standards. Forget about open heart surgery or organ transplantation; that is old stuff. Now we have robotic surgery and stem cell heaven!
Indeed, the tools which we have at our disposal, the methods by which we prolong, enhance, and save lives continue to advance at an incredible pace.
We rely on our machines, and rightly so; prolonging, enhancing, and saving lives is our purpose, right?
Still, I wonder if we are too connected.
Sitting across from elderly patients, I often ask if we are missing the greater point of it all. Have we grown too reliant on our tools and less focused on the human side of healthcare?
I love discussing this topic with the elderly because, let us not forget, they have been around for much longer than laptops, iPhones, CT machines, and all those awesome tools which we utilize in our healthcare mission.
Not surprisingly, most of my older patients express a disdain for technology and a yearning for the olden days of raw, human contact.
Talk about a disconnect.
Being connected is good, but only if you remember to take your nose out of the phone when you come to a red light.