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The Impact of Technology on Physicians: Adapting to Digital Changes

The Impact of Technology on Physicians: Adapting to Digital Changes

Today’s topic is the use of technology on physicians adapting to digital changes. Physicians are going to have, and have already had, some changes that have cropped up in the medical field, and this is going to continue to have changes going forward with the implementation of artificial intelligence, commonly known as AI. One of the things that has been popular and in use for a number of years already is the use of robotics in certain surgeries. These have been pretty popular, from my understanding, in knee replacement surgeries. Obviously, the physician is going to oversee everything and be in charge of everything, including the implementation with the assistance of the robotic mechanism.
But artificial intelligence is obviously going to be the next big wave that’s coming through. Some things have already transpired to help physicians out. One of those is going to be in regard to transcribing notes—patient notes, other documentation regarding patients, things of that nature. I would say the biggest issue regarding that is it probably would be tempting to have artificial intelligence record a conversation, or for you to record a conversation with the patient and then have artificial intelligence transcribe it afterward. I would not recommend that. I think that’s a terrible idea, to be perfectly honest with you. However, artificial intelligence can transcribe on the spot and not record, as long as everything is done securely. So, it would be through an encrypted method, and then the artificial intelligence would just basically break out the transcription in real time. That way, there would be no recording or anything along those lines. As long as everything’s encrypted, I wouldn’t anticipate there being an issue.
One of the things that I wanted to bring up is under a position statement with the North Carolina Medical Board regarding telemedicine. They state in their position statement that artificial intelligence can be utilized by physicians when they’re diagnosing and treating patients. Now, obviously, at the end of the day, clinical experience and the knowledge of the physician have to be used and are paramount, but with the assistance of AI, that can be used to aid in diagnosis and treatment. So, that is part of one of their position statements, and I’m going to include that here so you’ll be able to see it for yourself. You can read the position statements here. That’s the portion that discusses the implementation of artificial intelligence in diagnosis and treatment for physicians.
I hope everybody has learned at least a little bit today. I appreciate each one of you taking care of North Carolina.
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