The AI doctor is always in

Consider this question: "Can an artificial intelligence chatbot assistant provide responses to patient questions that are of comparable quality and empathy to those written by physicians?"

According to a study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the answer is that not only can AI give answers that are as good as those of physicians, in the majority of cases the answers are better. Judge for yourself with the sample below.

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Looks like it might not be too long before your primary care doctor will be a robot. Actually, I already rely heavily on "Doctor Google" to diagnose any medical issues I might have.
     Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 29, 2023
     Category: Medicine | Technology | AI, Robots and Other Automatons

In a few years somebody is going to see this and not be able to understand why it appears on a website called "Weird Universe." After he looks closer, he will think, "They still had human doctors in 2023. How quaint."
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 04/30/23 at 05:02 AM
Dr. Chatbot sounds a lot like Data. This only shows there are not enough women in medicine, and the women that are there are not taken seriously enough.
Posted by Yudith on 05/01/23 at 06:27 AM
Any decently written program has to be better than the current crop of doctors.

I moved last year, so needed a doctor to write new prescriptions for what I've been taking for years. She wrote only one and prescribed three different medications to replace the other two. I asked to see the patient record they'd prepared. This upset her, but it was there in print: I'm allergic to two of the three things she'd prescribed. I made enough of a stink she called in a senior doctor in the clinic. He took one look and told me they wouldn't write new scripts for old medicines when there were better ones available. If I didn't want to take them, that was up to me, but they were the educated professionals and know what's best.

Intestinal cramps and having blood pressure randomly drop to 70/40 must be a health goal for doctors these days.
Posted by Phideaux on 05/01/23 at 06:39 PM
Phideaux, I would translate that doctor visit thusly: These doctors don't like older drugs because they are proven and generic or will become generic soon. They want to push newer, name brand drugs because they are much more expensive, and therefore help shore up their corrupt system, not to mention what they've worked out with those drug salesmen that come to their office. Also, pushing newer stuff tends to show them how well it works and accumulate more data that may even be recycled back to the official side effect info. (aka guinea pig approach).
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 05/02/23 at 06:49 AM
Who judged those samples? It must have been another chatbot, because to me, they sound like they just jabber on and know nothing.

USAlien medicine is weird. You seem to prefer insurance agents to real doctors. Mine would never behave as you describe, and if I got an answer that sounded like one of these bots, I'd report it to the authorities.
Posted by Richard Bos on 05/06/23 at 07:12 AM
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