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US Doctors Not Comfortable With Using AI: Survey

Artificial intelligence (AI) has long been touted as a ‘game changer’ in the healthcare industry, but a large number of US doctors are reportedly uncomfortable with AI-powered software.

Physicians in Latin America widely use WhatsApp to communicate with patients, but in the US doctors are not using digital tools as much as they were expected to, according to a survey by healthcare industry journal Medscape.

Moreover, many doctors in the United States doubt the accuracy of AI-powered software, in addition to expressing concern about handling sensitive personal information.

According to the report, doctors would rather purchase or use AI- powered products developed by the government than procure them from private companies.

There has also been a decline in the number of medical practitioners using voice-controlled speakers to diagnose disease, according to the survey.

The survey, which consulted 1,500 medical practitioners in Europe, Latin America and the US, reveals that only 20% of respondents stated that artificial intelligence had changed the way they practice medicine. In Latin America, 30% of doctors stated that they were uncomfortable with the technology.

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Physicians do use AI, such as Alexa and Google Home, but said they dislike using similar tools for professional purposes, though many practitioners said they use the technology to look up drug information (54%), check for drug interactions (53%), and look up treatment guidelines (52%).

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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