Joe Stanganelli

Data Sharing: A Matter of Life and Death

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SethBreedlove
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SethBreedlove   4/16/2016 12:16:58 PM
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@ PredictableChaos.  I agree that is a very sad and traumatic experience for a patient to have.

As of 2015, surgeons still operate on the wrong body part or even the wrong person 1 out of 100,000 surgies in the U.S.  These are called never events.  Most are caused by communication errors between employees.

About 1 out of 4 all surgical errors are due technical or technology issues.

PredictableChaos
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PredictableChaos   4/15/2016 3:56:05 PM
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"some hadn't even read their own guideline"

Yes, people have problems with "not reading the instructions" and this comes up repeatedly.

Computers have what might be the opposite problem: An inability to work around the instructions. What does that mean? One instruction out of place and the program might come to an unexpected halt.

Think about the rules for driving. And then imagine any number of cases where you might technically need to violate the letter of the law to make progress. One example - you're not supposed to cross the double yellow line. But what does traffic do if there is a stalled car on the side of the road that doesn't leave room to pass without crossing the double yello line? Everybody slows down and crosses the double yellow line briefly so traffic can continue to move forward.

In this situation, self-driving cars may be stuck or may just have to hand control back to the driver.

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kq4ym   4/15/2016 12:41:34 PM
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Although "inconsistent language and categorization" among the data sharers is certainly the problem, I wonder if the folks who being used to make the choices when coding everything may lack the properr training to acheive consistent results among the collaborators, even when the "standards" have been laid out well. I would guess that some of the lower level employees making these judgments might be part of the problem? Or maybe the standards are way to complex that an average person can't make clear sense of what's to be done with the data.

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PredictableChaos   4/14/2016 6:18:16 PM
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What a tremendously sad outcome for the patient who terminated a pregnancy based on data that turned out to be overly pessimistic.

Humans have been working to share data with each other for a long time. And we still don't get it right every time.

I think this challenge may be bigger than expected for self-driving cars and for certain robots. The Tay chatbot comes to mind.

 

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