Will AI Replace Clinicians?

December 05, 2018

For clinicians, the question is not whether artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will reshape contemporary medicine, but when — and to what degree.

Some experts believe that physicians "as we now know them will become obsolete eventually."  

In ophthalmology, for example, AI has been shown to be at least as effective as experts, and at times even more so; a Nature Medicine article found an AI technique to be capable of detecting 53 kinds of sight-threatening retinal diseases in a matter of seconds and with 94% accuracy.

Others say machines and computers will augment clinicians' work but will never replace them entirely. Physicians "will remain better at dealing with the patient as a whole person, which involves knowledge of social relationships and normativity," according to another expert.


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