California Healthcare News first published this article, Here Comes the Flood, on October 8, 2019.
“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark.”
— Matthew 24:38 (King James Version)
Once upon a time the world existed without the system of interconnected computer networks to link devices across the globe. Information was sparse and communication slow in this modern day antiquity, a time when people relied upon encyclopedias and regular mail instead of Wikipedia and the act of composing and sending electronic messages, typically consisting of alphabetic and numeric characters, between two or more users of mobile or laptop devices.
Equally barbaric was the need to develop film upon returning from a trip and waiting, sometimes days, before viewing these photographs for the first time. In health care, radiology was still a physical department, and “the x-ray” referred to a large machine that produced a large film that a real physician on site had to review before rendering certain diagnoses. It was a time when “telemedicine” meant speaking with your doctor on a telephone, and sometimes with a rotary dial. … Read more →