Will AI make physicians obsolete?
The hype and promise of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in medicine is sky high. Individual physicians, patients, and experts have very different views on whether computing and machines can really take the place of physicians.

In a debate published online November 7 in the BMJ, Jörg Goldhahn, MD, says they will. "Doctors as we now know them will become obsolete eventually," writes Goldhahn, deputy head of the Institute for Translational Medicine at ETH Zurich in Switzerland.

He explains that the technology has already shown the potential to be more accurate than physicians at making diagnoses in certain specialties, producing prognostic models, and performing some surgical interventions.

"And in 2017 a robot passed China's national medical exam, exceeding the minimum required by 96 points," he writes.

As to the counterargument that patients will always need a physician's empathy and to feel trust, Goldhahn agrees but says that machines and computers may be able to fulfill those needs too.

"[M]achines and systems can be more trustworthy if they can be regarded as unbiased and without conflicts of interest," he writes. He adds that in some very personal cases that may involve shame, a robot's services may be preferred.

Others, though, say there are aspects of care that machines can never provide.

"In particular, physicians will remain better at dealing with the patient as a whole person, which involves knowledge of social relationships and normativity," write Vanessa Rampton, PhD, from the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, Montreal, Québec, Canada, and Giatgen A. Spinas, MD, professor emeritus in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Clinical Nutrition at University Hospital in Zürich, Switzerland.

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Read more: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/904626
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The misconception about AI and machine learning comes from our ignorance. Deriving conclusions on basis of certain data is nothing new. Computers have made it possible to deal with large data at a fast pace. Medicine will reach new heights with these technologies but doctors will remain indispensable.
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