Towards a new era of augmented medicine?

“What future for healthcare professionals?”

If doctors know how to adapt, their future does not seem threatened to us. On the contrary. The perspective we foresee is that of the augmented doctor whose abilities will be multiplied thanks to ultra-performing tools.

The objective is to achieve a form of hybridization of medical practices, to push the current limits of medicine by promoting a symbiosis between human expertise and advanced technologies, while remaining faithful to the doctor’s primary vocation: to offer quality care centered on the patient’s demand.

Very concretely, artificial intelligence tools provide doctors with increased precision in diagnosis, with the processing of colossal volumes of data, in record time.

As an aesthetic doctor, dermatologist and surgeon, this has very concrete effects on skin analysis, skin diagnosis, prediction of post-operative results, and personalization of treatment plans.

In addition to their medical applications, artificial intelligence tools can have real value for doctors in their management tasks.

Management systems, billing, chatbots, flow optimization, the ability to easily generate content for social networks will profoundly change the way in which doctors approach these tasks, which are peripheral to medical activities that they cannot, however, dispense with.

What limits should be set on artificial intelligence, in terms of ethics?”
This is a fundamental question in the health field because it concerns the patient’s integrity and the doctor’s probity.

In the field of health, where the patient’s integrity and the doctor’s ethics are crucial ethical imperatives, the question of the limits of artificial intelligence is of paramount importance.

To preserve patients’ trust and ensure ethical medical practices, it is essential to define strict ethical standards.

These limits should include principles such as the rigorous protection of patients’ privacy, ensuring that sensitive medical data is handled with the utmost confidentiality.

Transparency of AI systems is also crucial, enabling healthcare professionals to understand the decision-making mechanisms of algorithms and ensuring clear information for patients on the use of these technologies in their diagnosis and treatment.

Patient consent should be a priority, with transparent communication about the implications and risks associated with the use of AI. Fighting bias in algorithms is essential to ensure fair decision-making.

At the same time, accountability must be established, involving AI developers, healthcare professionals, and regulatory organizations, especially European and American ones, to address potential errors and minimize negative consequences.

Recognizing the limits of AI competence compared to human skills is just as important, emphasizing that AI should be considered as a decision support tool rather than a comprehensive substitute.

Finally, integrating ethical reflection from the early stages of AI technology development in healthcare is imperative to ensure a solid ethical framework.

By respecting these multiple dimensions, it is possible to promote responsible use of AI in healthcare, reconciling technological innovation with high ethical standards.

In reality, the underlying question and the one that really interests us as doctors, concerns the patient. “What evolutions are already underway for patients? What can they reasonably expect from artificial intelligence in the near future?”

In addition to the added value in medical procedures performed by doctors, of which patients are the first beneficiaries, artificial intelligence tools also allow patient empowerment, particularly with regular skin diagnostics via smartphone applications, thus meeting their expectations and already offering concrete and operational solutions.

Virtual consultations, thanks to written or spoken “chatbots”, allow to answer the most common questions, which do not always require a consultation or as a prelude to it, in order to guide the patient and prepare for the consultation as best as possible.

It is therefore a time-saving and efficiency gain for patients who sometimes have to deal with considerable delays in obtaining a consultation with a specialist.

The reasonable perspectives and expectations we can have at this stage are those of advanced robotics, sustainable and personalized, eco-responsible products, as well as virtual clinics accessible to all.

For patients, automated customized care products, improved post-operative follow-up, and validated and regulated applications are envisaged.

Although artificial intelligence tools are already integrated into a number of practices and specialties (such as breast or abdominal surgery where their added value is already considerable), we must be aware of its limitations.

It can guide the surgeon, by avoiding reckless or less precise gestures, notably by superimposing the patient’s anatomy on the real image to better guide him.

But the cost of artificial intelligence tools, the lack of hindsight on their reliability and realistic scope of use, the risk of complications but also the acceptability for patients of such solutions are factors to take into account.

However, these technologies still bring real added value in optimizing certain procedures, as our colleague Dr. Atchima Suwantchinda, dermatologist, summarizes: “Robotic surgery offers better precision and control, fewer scars, faster recovery times, and improved results.

In conclusion, artificial intelligence is transforming medical practice, offering immense opportunities while also questioning the scope and expectations we can have, both from a scientific and ethical point of view.

As doctors, our active role in the development and use of artificial intelligence is essential to ensure quality, safe, and ethical care in this era of medical transformation.

But a “strong” or even intelligent or conscious AI could appear quickly, in this case, will doctors resist, or even survive this AI?

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