Medicine today is “very much siloed,” observes Daniel Kraft, MD in a TEDMED presentation. Typically, a hospital has separate departments for oncology, ophthalmology, hematology, urology, neurology, and so forth. This departmentalized structure inhibits dissemination of information across disciplines. In addition, medicine is somewhat insulated from the rapid clip of technological change seen in the consumer space.
But medicine is undergoing a revolution. As new technologies that are coming out, we have the ability to redefine medicine, Kraft says, not just to make it more cross-disciplinary, but to make it more reliant on science. “[Now] we don’t really practice evidence-based medicine. We practice reimbursement-based medicine,” he says.
Here's a video of Kraft explaining his vision of the medical feature at TEDMED 2011: