Radiologists bring home $395,000 each year, on average. Pathologists? Roughly $260,000. In the near future, however, those numbers promise to drop to $0. Don’t blame Obamacare, however, or even Trumpcare (whatever that turns out to be), but rather blame the rise of machine learning and its applicability to these two areas of medicine that are heavily focused on pattern matching, a job better done by a machine than a human.
This is the argument put forward by Dr. Ziad Obermeyer of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Ezekiel Emanuel, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, in an article for the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the medical profession’s most prestigious journals. Machine learning will produce big winners and losers in healthcare, according to the authors, with radiologists and pathologists among the biggest losers.