Technology also brings with it the potential for misuse and overuse.
Some new technologies have not been unequivocally shown to improve patient
outcomes, and some may have actually increased morbidity and mortality. Physicians
can err through lack of familiarity with the technical details of use, erroneous
data interpretation, poor recognition of the limitations of different equipment,
or by failing to recognize when our actions become deleterious, or when we
cross the line into futile therapy. The temptation to apply yet one more test,
procedure, or technique can lead us to violate the Hippocratic caution, "First,
do no harm."