AI Age: In AI age, apps, more than stethoscope, to be docs’ tool | Mumbai News | Laptop News

Mumbai: The practice of medicine in the near future would, “at least partially”, be virtual, according to a Harvard University professor, a former alumnus of KEM Hospital in Parel.

Sensors, artificial intelligence-based apps and analyses are more likely than stethoscope to be tools that doctors rely upon, said Dr Jagmeet Singh, who studied cardiology in KEM’s G S Seth Medical College before leaving for Oxford in the UK and then Harvard in the US.

In Mumbai to deliver a lecture on “Future Care” at his alma mater last week, Dr Singh said the job description in certain disciplines will soon change by at least “30% to 40%” with ChatGPT-enabled interfaces. The AI and chatbot assistants will be more a rule as medicine corridors turn virtual. “Medicine is undergoing a metamorphosis due to digital transformation,’’ and doctors will need to develop web-side manners besides bedside manners, he said.

Using examples from Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School where he is a professor, Dr Singh said “digital pathways” are a must if doctors have to see all patients and give attention to each. “It’s the only way healthcare can become sustainable,’’ he said.

Instead of meeting patients at six- or 12-month intervals, patients can be monitored continuously with AI and digital strategies and meet the doctors only for “exceptions”.

The AI march in medicine has already begun, but is limited to certain specialities and hospitals at present. Massachusetts General Hospital, for instance, has started home-based care programmes; patients are discharged two hours after a pacemaker operation and monitored remotely.

“Every organ in the body can be potentially digitised. Sensors will provide the opportunity to…

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