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Artificial Intelligence(AI) is making significant advancements to the delivery of high quality healthcare. A few months ago, the launch of the AI tool ChatGPT, revolutionized access to information online. ChatGPT is a natural language processing model that can have conversations with a user when it is queried. As the internet becomes a predominant information source for medical information, it is only natural that persons will query ChatGPT about any healthcare concerns that they may have. Orthopaedic queries can be searched in the ChatGPT interface.
ChatGPT is known for its human-like response to queries, and the healthcare sector can benefit from utilising its services. As a tool that has a wide range of applications, it will be important for both patients and doctors to understand how to utilize the technology for their benefit. A few benefits of ChatGPT in Healthcare are outlined below:
- Telemedicine applications: ChatGPT can be utilized in telemedicine applications. It can act as a virtual assistant that will be able to provide various patient services such as scheduling of appointments and management of health parameters. If predetermined prescriptions are issued, any additional healthcare concerns that patients need can be supplied by the virtual assistant. Guidance and health information that will enable remote health management will be accessible to all.
- Clinical Decision Making: While human experience is valuable, under some circumstances trained digital systems can provide the relevant information that will improve patient recovery. From the database of existing treatments for a condition, ChatGPT will be able to suggest treatment plans and options, as well as identify any concerns such as drug or food interactions. The reduction in prescription errors will be a benefit to the healthcare sector.
- Access to medical records: As a tool that is linked to a database, ChatGPT can be utilized to generate patient reports, as well as to document medical histories. During rounds and consultations, doctors and nurses can dictate their notes to the software. ChatGPT will then have the ability to properly summarize the key highlights of the observations and note any critical symptoms. From expert systems, diagnoses and treatments can be suggested. Correlations between lab results and patient symptoms can be drawn using the software.
- Translation of Information: Some medical information is initially too complex for patients to process. ChatGPT can be used to interpret information that patients may not be able to understand about their condition. They will also be able to clearly understand their treatment plans if they have additional questions after the doctor’s visit.
- Prescription Management: Not all patients are organized enough to keep track of all their medications. ChatGPT is a tool that can improve the management of patient medications. It can be designed to send patients reminders for when they are to take their medicine, as well as how much they are to take. Any reminders such as relevant foods to avoid during their course, can be programmed into the messages.
- Healthcare alerts: The onset of the pandemic has made us all aware of the importance of medical statistics. ChatGPT, as a tool, can be programmed to monitor global health data, and provide real-time output of critical medical statistics. With an awareness of the current condition of the prevalence of any important health condition, appropriate planning can be implemented. If there are any pending outbreaks for instances, early detection and responses can be actioned in a timely manner. Healthcare professionals can be prioritised on the alert list, and they can then inform the general public of any health matters they should be concerned about.
While this list is not exhaustive, as a patient you can see how the advent of AI such as ChatGPT will be able to help you to improve your health consciousness. With more access to information, you will feel more confident when you go to your Orthopaedic specialist with any concerns. You can track whether or not your treatment is matching global best practices for your condition.
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