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Illustration: Doctor's Office

Doctor's Office

The stored purpose computer design anticipates that machines will augment, not replace human labor.

They have been designed to understand and serve the needs and expectations of people with great precision and subtlety. They have been designed to store analogs of human goals and experience. They have also been designed with strict controls on Purpose, goal pursuit and learning.

In short, stored purpose systems were designed to become good companions to workers.


Citation

Warren Jones, Lana Rubalsky (2010) "Illustration: Doctor's Office", wJones Research, January 18, 2010
A doctor chooses stored purpose metacomputer technology as part of an in home healthcare initiative. She installs a metacomputer host and terminals in her office as well as a beacon system that allows patient’s agents to register arrival when approaching the office.

The doctor invites all patients who have intelligent home or mobile communications systems to join a new “easy checkup” program by way of e-mail. To those who accept, she sends two sensors, one wearable and one placed in the toilet. The sensors conduct an automatic test regimen in the weeks prior to their annual physical.

Along with the physical sensors, she sends each patient a Purpose definition which trains their assistant agent to record, interpret and report health sensor data enhanced with details about their activities, locations, food and water intake and object proximity.

These measures and derived statistics are processed and reviewed by a practice nurse a week before the physical. If there are any warning indications, the nurse orders tests before the exam. A day before the physical, the nurse and the practice’s nexus agent use the gathered information to prepare a report to the doctor about the patient’s overall health, diet and habits. They make inferences about potential follow-up or discussion topics. The nexus agent then appends the report to the attending physician's file queue, which she securely reviews using a headset during the shuttle commute home.

When the patient arrives for his or her physical, there is no wait or registration required. Instead, there is a consultation with the nurse, followed by a consultation with the doctor. During the consultations, patient and healthcare providers are able to talk frankly about detailed patient health data gained from multiple perspectives made possible by weeks of intensive information gathering.

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