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NHS needs to pursue AI, says think-tank


The problem with AI in healthcare is that patients enjoy developing empathy and trust with indidual clinicians.This is going to be difficult with nameless mega practices. It is impossible with AI unless robots become more human, like kind knowledgeable clinicians with plenty of time and the ability to cope with any question. Research is going on to develop this, but it is not going to happen over night. The knowledge bit is easy. It is the anthropomorphism that is difficult. The only way to bring it in is by force denying patients access to a clinician, like many on line services. The problem is that much of healthcare is the ‘the human bit’ unlike other services. Of course Governments want to reduce the cost of staffing, the largest cost in the NHS.

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19 Jan 2018

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