AI can assist doctors in various tasks to alleviate the physician shortage crisis but cannot replace human judgment and decision-making, which are crucial in healthcare.
- There is a physician shortage crisis globally.
- AI can help address the shortage by augmenting and assisting doctors in various tasks such as diagnosis, triage, and monitoring.
- AI can help improve efficiency, accuracy, and reduce physician burnout.
- AI cannot replace human judgment and decision-making, which are essential in healthcare.
- There are potential challenges such as data bias, ethical considerations, and ensuring patient privacy and confidentiality that need to be addressed.
- I see a future where we have a lot of ‘helpers’ and ‘assistants’ to augment and support human thinking and decisions.
- I also see a trend for front-line chatbot type of triage and initial diagnostics
- I see the analysis of photos and data getting supercharged from AI, like radiology, labs, etc
- I also see much earlier monitoring and constant analysis / screening happening
- But I would trust 100x at the moment the experience of a real physician to guide complex care cases vs these language models as they are at present
- The U.S. is facing a shortage of physicians, with estimates of a deficit of 54,000 to 139,000 doctors by 2033
- Almost 50 percent of all currently practicing physicians are older than 55
- For decades, the U.S. has relied on importing physicians and nurses from other countries to fill our increasing demands
In a recent op-ed piece, Dr. Robert Pearl discusses five ways ChatGPT and similar AI systems will change health care forever.
- By becoming exponentially faster and more powerful
- By emulating how doctors make clinical decisions
- By providing around-the-clock medical assistance
- By preventing medical errors
- By helping all doctors perform like the best doctors