From detection to diagnosis, digitization is widely being accepted as the new approach to medicine.
Health care practitioners and patients are quickly embracing digital apps and advanced technology to get to the bottom of an ailment.
But can technology and artificial intelligence ever replace doctors? “I don’t think at this stage, we are 100%, or even close to 100%, sure that AI can replace a historical high-touch type of doctor-patient relationship,” said Dr. Chun Yuan Chiang, a health practitioner and founder of IHDPay Group, a health care payments firm. “In terms of diagnostic aid, it’s a different category. So, I would say at the end of Day 4, the patient wants recovery,” he told CNBC’s Nancy Hungerford at a panel discussion at East Tech West conference in the Nansha district of Guangzhou, China on Tuesday.
Still, experts say AI — defined broadly as machines programmed to mimic human intelligence in areas such as problem-solving and learned behavior — has reshaped the medical landscape.
“We used to use x-rays to detect lung cancer. The problem is you can only go to stage 3 or stage 4 with x-ray,” said another member of the panel Dai Ying, chief innovation officer for GE Healthcare in China.
“Now, with CT you can see all lung modules, and with AI can tell where it is and how big it is. It’s much more advanced than before,” he said referring to computed tomography scans used to detect medical conditions.
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