Can Artificial Intelligence Replace Doctors?

Posted in Operations & IT Articles, Total Reads: 661 , Published on 03 July 2018
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Do you see apps showing that you can live a healthy lifestyle? Does your phone have the app to determine your sleep cycle? All these are just a few examples of how technology is playing an important role in helping us lead a healthy lifestyle. With many technological advancements healthcare is at a very interesting juncture where softwares are helping people lead a healthy life. But can a time come where artificial intelligence completely revolutionise healthcare and eventually replace doctors?

A lot of softwares are helping the medical industry in identifying the basic illnesses or ailments which a patients has. Many tools coupled with softwares help in forming patterns and given results to patients without the intervention of doctors.


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Earlier, diabetic patients used to visit doctors frequently to keep a check on their blood sugar. Similarly, for monitoring blood pressure, patients had to visit hospitals or clinics regularly. All these equipments to measure blood sugar or blood pressure were present with doctors. And hence a general checkup was a tedious and time consuming process. However, now there are tools and equipments coupled with smart softwares which give these results instantly to people. Smartphones, tablets and other software enabled devices not only monitor the vital statistics of a person but also maintain a records instantly and make patterns. Bases on these findings, these AI tools given the appropriate suggestions and medications to patients real-time. This gives an advantage over doctors as its gives medical advice immediately.

 

Doctors can be busy with multiple patients and cannot be available instantly due to inaccessibility at odd hours, while travelling etc. Hence an AI driven tool to monitor the basic parameters of an individual become very handy. Based on these readings patients can action and take immediate measures.

 

However, even with so much medical advancement, the role of doctors remain critical. Machines and softwares can help identify ailments, monitor a patient, provide useful insights but all these would be worthless without a doctor understanding the medical history of a patient and providing the most accurate medication. The knowledge and experience of a doctor are the backbone of any patient living a healthy life. Softwares can only provide insights and readings but to make sense of all that information is where the expertise of a doctor comes into the picture.

 

Similarly, precision equipments help in surgeries where human hands and eyes might falter. But without the experience and knowledge which a doctor possesses these high precision tools are worthless. This is because it is upto the medical staff to identify the area of concern and use the medical equipment to perform the required surgery. Hence, despite the best technologies available, you need a good doctor to use them effectively.

 

Above all, a doctor provides a human touch and feel, which no artificial Intelligence software can give. Doctors can talk and respond to queries of a patient in a human way and can understand emotions, discomfort, satisfaction etc. These are very critical for understanding the needs of a patient and the treatment which needs to be given. All these things cannot be provided by AI softwares. Hence doctors will always have an upper hand when it comes to building a relation with humans.

 

Over the years there have been several technological advances in medical sciences. State of art equipments have helped reduce burden on doctors by providing critical insights and information about an individual’s health. However, we are still a long way away from the day where artificial intelligence tools would replace doctors.


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