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How artificial intelligence is changing the GP-patient relationship


I like Sensible Doc's idea, and we should take it further. Like a Doctor, the AIs should have to pass written and oral examinations (and ideally also be able to perform necessary physical examinations) in order to be allowed to practise. They should then be able to pass MRCGP level exams in order to be able to practise in a GP setting. They should then be subject to full GMC regulation including annual appraisal and revalidation. They should be able to reflect and critically appraise their own performance. Only if they can do all that, they should be allowed to practise medicine. If they can't do that, they aren't really AIs at all, they are cleverly dressed-up decision trees, and they have been around since the dawn of medicine, and shouldn't be used to replace the subtlety and insight of the human element.

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02 Sep 2019

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