Digital ‘snake oil’ or the future of healthcare?

  • Digital 'snake oil' or the future of healthcare? Article by Steve Klasko

Digital ‘snake oil’ or the future of healthcare?

The CEO of the American Medical Association jumped into hot water — or maybe a burning cauldron — this month when he slammed a wide range of digital health products as a dystopian pit of “snake oil.”

Speaking at the AMA’s annual meeting, James Madara, M.D. exhorted doctors to take up, once again, their historic role as guardians of reason over hype. He complained about everything from “ineffective electronic health records to an explosion of direct-to-consumer digital health products to apps of mixed quality,” calling them “digital snake oil of the early 21st century,” he said.


By Stephen Klasko, M.D.

Originally posted: August 8, 2016