AI can help docs make better decisions

Dr Jeffrey Chew Tec Hock postulated that apart from offering doctors a second opinion, artificial intelligence (AI) must not be allowed to replace physicians in having the final say concerning a patient’s treatment or medication (“AI pushes medical frontiers but it’s no replacement for doctors”; May 30). It can be argued that technology is not able to tell, with absolute certainty, the best course of treatment for a patient. However, computers are definitely getting better at making sense of unstructured information. Advocates of AI in medicine are not claiming that technology will take over the role of doctors any time soon. However, it will evolve in interesting, if not always predictable, ways in medicine. I understand Dr Chew’s concerns about how far technology has encroached on medical practitioners’ turf. This…

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