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(Axios)   Your doctor is getting an AI assistant   (axios.com) divider line
    More: Creepy, Artificial intelligence, Physician, Health care, Psychiatry, Psychology, Natural language processing, Medicine, Doctor  
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310 clicks; posted to STEM » on 17 Apr 2021 at 11:38 AM (3 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-04-17 9:13:24 AM  
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2021-04-17 9:22:31 AM  
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2021-04-17 10:03:15 AM  
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Been done.

Oh. A.I. That's very different. Never mind.
 
2021-04-17 10:09:02 AM  
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2021-04-17 11:40:14 AM  
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2021-04-17 11:46:09 AM  
Given how little my doctors have actually paid attention to my health other that what shows up on blood analyses, an AI assistant might be an improvement.
 
2021-04-17 11:53:45 AM  
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2021-04-17 11:57:10 AM  
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2021-04-17 12:26:24 PM  
Creepy?

Tsk, tsk, subby. Dont be a technophobe.
 
2021-04-17 3:00:45 PM  
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2021-04-17 4:04:16 PM  
I'm not surprised by this. AI assistants have been able to get the diagnosis right 87% of the time on the first attempt. Doctors are ~85%. Doubling them up is a smart move to close the gap.
 
2021-04-17 4:21:17 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Given how little my doctors have actually paid attention to my health other that what shows up on blood analyses, an AI assistant might be an improvement.


THIS.
It also reduces the doctor's unconscious prejudices and looks at the actual data. For example, more women die of heart attacks because the symptoms are different and doctors don't always look for that set of symptoms. Also, many, especially older, doctors, just don't take women's complaints as seriously as they do men's complaints, which is why women with female doctors have better health then women with male doctors.
 
2021-04-17 4:25:38 PM  
My doc's been doing this for more than a year, having her tablet take notes. Aside from when she's looking up my lab values, she actually faces me and asks questions instead of spending the whole visit typing on the keyboard.

/More time for ye olde prostate exam
 
2021-04-17 5:42:54 PM  
NotARocketScientist:
It also reduces the doctor's unconscious prejudices and looks at the actual data. For example, more women die of heart attacks because the symptoms are different and doctors don't always look for that set of symptoms. Also, many, especially older, doctors, just don't take women's complaints as seriously as they do men's complaints, which is why women with female doctors have better health then women with male doctors.

This is probably going to be the key area for AI assistants.  They will be able to scan all of the patient's data with perfect attention, and thanks to an internal database will be able to recommend tests to reduce the possible problems.  Whenever something new happens, the database gets updated, and all tablets with that updated database are now 'experienced' with that new problem.  If a new interface will work better, a quick program upgrade will use that option.

So take all of those House episodes, all of those medical shows, WebMD, all of that, and put it into a chunk of computronium the size of your hand, and soon Doctors will start looking over their shoulder for their computerized replacements.

What will be really fun is when the AI assistant gets linked to the insurance computer to determine what needed tests are covered.  Test A will narrow down the options by 50%, but the insurance won't cover it.  Test B will only narrow the options down by 25%, but is covered.  So the AI Assistant will recommend Test B.
 
2021-04-17 6:19:06 PM  

NotARocketScientist: Tyrone Slothrop: Given how little my doctors have actually paid attention to my health other that what shows up on blood analyses, an AI assistant might be an improvement.

THIS.
It also reduces the doctor's unconscious prejudices and looks at the actual data. For example, more women die of heart attacks because the symptoms are different and doctors don't always look for that set of symptoms. Also, many, especially older, doctors, just don't take women's complaints as seriously as they do men's complaints, which is why women with female doctors have better health then women with male doctors.


I'm a male, and my previous PCP is a woman, current PCP and her NP are women. My new cardiologist is a woman, my dermatologist is a woman, the main male doctor in my life right now is my urologist. I've had male and female doctors and generally prefer the female doctors.
 
2021-04-17 8:23:57 PM  
As long as they're being used to augment a doctor's care and not replace it, I don't see this as in any way a bad thing. Machines catch things that people don't, and vice versa. If every diagnosis is the result of an analysis from one of each, far more shiat is going to get caught and treated faster, so... why not do it?
 
2021-04-18 12:36:27 PM  

Cthushi: This is probably going to be the key area for AI assistants. They will be able to scan all of the patient's data with perfect attention, and thanks to an internal database will be able to recommend tests to reduce the possible problems.


And recommend the most cost-efficient treatment plan for your HMO without any pesky ethical complaints when it's more profitable to let you die.
 
2021-04-18 3:28:37 PM  
Try, AI will replace the doctors and everyone is great with that.
 
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