The rise of artificial intelligence is the not the beginning of the end for doctors

I am often asked by healthcare colleagues what I think will become of doctors when the machines take over. Given the rapid pace of technological advancement across virtually all industries, this is not as implausible a question as it once was. Recently, the healthcare industry has paid special attention to supercomputers that identify specific treatment approaches for serious illnesses such as cancer. These computers find options that elude even experienced oncologists for whom time and memory are more finite propositions. These technologies can also compensate for a physician’s cognitive biases such as the recency bias, where you are more likely to recall the last case you handled to help guide your next patient’s treatment plan. Within the industry, the excitement surrounding this concept is palpable. Accenture research points to more…


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