The AI-Empowered Patient Is Coming: Are Doctors Ready?

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has long been heralded as an emerging force in medicine. Since the early 2000s, promises of a technological transformation in healthcare have echoed through the halls of hospitals and at medical meetings.

But despite 20-plus years of hype, AI’s impact on medical practice and America’s health remains negligible (with minor exceptions in areas like radiological imaging and predictive analytics). As such, it’s understandable that physicians and healthcare administrators are skeptical about the benefits that generative AI tools like ChatGPT will provide.

They shouldn’t be. This next generation of AI is unlike any technology that has come before.

The launch of ChatGPT in late 2022 marked the dawn of a new era. This “large language model” developed by OpenAI first gained notoriety by helping users write better emails and term papers. Within months, a host of generative AI products sprang up from Google, Microsoft and Amazon and others. These tools are quickly becoming more than mere writing assistants.