SHM recently partnered with the Human Diagnosis Project, also referred to as Human Dx, for Global Morning Report. Human Dx is the world’s first open diagnostic system, which aims to understand the fundamental data structure of diagnosis and considerably impact the future cost of, access to, and effectiveness of healthcare globally.
The Hospitalist spoke with Shantanu Nundy, MD, MBA, a primary-care physician for the Human Diagnosis Project, to learn more about its inception and SHM’s partnership.
Question: How did the Global Morning Report project start?
Answer: We were at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), working on a morning report with master diagnostician Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD, when we had an “aha moment” of sorts. Instead of the typical morning report, which uses a whiteboard or slide deck, residents and Dr. Dhaliwal worked through the case using the Human Dx open case collaboration software. At the end of the morning report, the case was tweeted out on social media for anyone in the world to solve, and within minutes, a medical student in Bangladesh not only was able to access the case but also access insights from the UCSF residents and Dr. Dhaliwal. That’s when we realized we were onto something big.
Q: What are the goals of Human Dx and Global Morning Report?
A: Repeated, rapid cycles of practice, feedback, and reinforcement are key components of learning. Sports training is a useful analogy—the best athletes practice drills daily, often for hours a day, and monitor their performance rigorously—but the same can be said for many other professions, including musicians, chefs, and public speakers.
In medicine, we call seeing patients every day “practice.” But we aren’t practicing if we aren’t getting feedback and improving—we are just performing. None of us can hope to be the Michael Phelps, Yo-Yo Ma, or Grant Achatz of medicine that our patients deserve us to be without real practice.
Human Dx builds on the science of learning by enabling physicians and students to quickly test and get feedback on their clinical reasoning skills. This is done both by receiving input on their own cases as well as giving input on other contributors’ cases to compare their thinking with physicians and students from around the world. Our goal is for Global Morning Report to become the daily personalized workout schedule for doctors everywhere. What I’d like to see is that rigorous practice and pursuit of excellence in clinical reasoning, diagnosis, and management becoming a core part of the physician experience.
Q: What kind of feedback are you hearing from participants?
A: Doctors love it! Many tell us this is their daily Sudoku or crossword that they do every morning to wake their minds up on the way to work. And our numbers show it: The average active participant contributes five cases per week. And today, that’s without any CME credit or other clear reward other than learning and enjoyment.
That said, we have much to improve, and we aren’t resting on our laurels. The whole ethos of the Human Diagnosis Project is created and led by the global medical community. We are lucky to have an incredible community of physicians and trainees globally who keep us moving forward each day.
Q: Why was a partnership with SHM appealing for this project?
A: At Human Dx, we look at ourselves simply as enablers. We are making it possible for the global medical community to come together and build something important for current and future generations. As such, we want to work with the best institutions in medicine to take their expertise, content, and community and make them more available to the world. As one of the largest, fastest growing, and innovative communities in medicine, SHM is an ideal partner, and we count ourselves very fortunate to have your support.