Millions of American citizens visit a doctor and leave with a misdiagnosis. Physicians consistently try to be systematic when diagnosing their patients, but alternatives are looked over and sometimes biases are chosen. Currently, the United States and China has been working on using artificial intelligence to be the remedy for human weaknesses. The artificial intelligence has a built in system that helps diagnose people from influenza to meningitis. They use things from the symptoms of the patient, history, clinical data, and the lab results. Researchers are saying that tests have been highly accurate and that soon they will be helping doctors diagnose rare or even complex conditions in a patient.
This new system will rely on a neural network, which can learn tasks on its own by analyzing data. Neural networks are currently used in driverless cars and military applications. Artificial intelligence with neural networks will be able to screen patients and recommend more screenings if they need more attention to their sickness. The system can also spot check and make sure that a physician did not miss anything because physicians cannot consider all the possibilities on their own. When being tested, the software was able to accurately diagnosis asthma 90% of the time compared to a physician who could only diagnosis 82% to 94% of the time.
Personally, I think going to the doctor’s office and seeing machines diagnose me would make me a little uncomfortable at first. However, if I knew that the percentages of being correctly diagnosed by artificial intelligence was greater than a doctor, I would prefer that. I also think that using artificial intelligence as a backup might be very helpful because it would give you another opinion in one doctors visit, this way if you were actually misdiagnosed and the AI was able to catch it and save your life if the sickness was life threatening.
How would you feel about artificial intelligence diagnosing you in your next doctor’s visit?
Do you think this should be incorporated into clinics?