Can a computer uncover relevant information to a patient’s case better? Absolutely. Can it diagnose more accurately than a physician? There is no reason to believe it won’t be able to, although we’ll have to wait years – maybe even decades – for that level of accuracy. Would such algorithms replace doctors then? That is to be doubted. Their role will change but they will always be needed. If you ask patients whether they want to be treated by a computer or a person, the majority will choose the person. We are social beings. We need to discuss our health issues not only for the sake of receiving proper treatment, but also because words alone can heal.
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