Dr Robot will see you now

Ruth Browncontent@nzdoctor.co.nzMonday 09 May 2016, 10:42AM The doctor’s role as an expensive problem-solver could become largely redundant with the arrival of artificial intelligence in medicine, argue two Whangarei Hospital house officers in the New Zealand Medical Journal.Five to 10 years is a feasible time frame for the technology to be produced to make diagnoses in “visual” medical specialties such as radiology, pathology, dermatology and ophthalmology a reality, co-author Nicholas Buist says.However, he says having the technological power is quite different from implementation.In New Zealand we still use fax machines, Dr Buist says, despite there being the technical capability to put all patient data online.He and his friend William Diprose explore the implications of artificial intelligence in diagnosis in a viewpoint piece in the latest issue of the medical journal (2016;129[1434]…

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