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March 17, 2020

Soothsaying and Prescriptive Analysis as a Treatment Algorithm: A Brave New World

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  • 1Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Clinical Education Editor, JAMA Surgery
JAMA Surg. Published online March 17, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0451

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Niels Bohr, The Yale Book of Quotations, 20061

Roughly translated from the Danish Nobel Prize physicist Niels Bohr, “it is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.”1 Of course, his statement was made in the context of quantum physics. As clinicians in the operating room and intensive care units where we are overwhelmed with continuous physiologic data, the amount of data may sometimes overwhelm our capacity to analyze and apply it to patient care. Are there ways we can use technology to help us?

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