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Computers may replace doctors within 10 years

By T.K. Randall
September 13, 2017 · Comment icon 17 comments



Computers will play a much more important role in health care. Image Credit: Nathanael T. Miller
UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has outlined how health care is likely to change over the next decade.
Not only will visits to a GP become less commonplace, he argues, but medical care is set to become so sophisticated that most conditions will eventually be diagnosed even before symptoms arise.

Much of this will be down to intelligent computers being capable of managing each patient's medical records and analyzing everything from test samples to verbal consultations to help make a diagnosis.
"The first thing is we may not be going to doctors for a diagnosis, we might be going to computers instead, who will be looking at the 300,000 biomarkers in every single drop of blood, mashing that with big data information about everyone else's biomarkers," Hunt told the NHS Expo conference.

"And when we do go to a doctor, he or she may be comparing your medical record with our fully sequenced genome and giving us much more accurate predictive information."

"We may be in a world where if we show any symptoms of a disease, we consider that a sign of failure - because the name of the game will be to catch diseases when we are asymptomatic and we have a much better chance of being able to nip illness in the bud."

Source: Belfast Telegraph | Comments (17)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by Prif_the_Pirate 5 years ago
I need to refill my preion for my glaucoma medication
Comment icon #9 Posted by Chortle 5 years ago
So this is Mr Hunts contingency next time he goes into the ring over Junior Doctors contracts? Forget investing in future Doctors we will replace them with ATM healthcare maintained by Mr Branson? The current NHS privacy policy of clearly sound proof curtains and robust anti-malware software fills my soul with confidence over the terabytes of sensitive biometric data Ill be sharing.
Comment icon #10 Posted by LV-426 5 years ago
Maybe it's just me, but the future is starting to look like some sort of dystopian nightmare. What about people who need some sort of reassurance and comfort along with their diagnosis? Are people going to get diagnosed with cancer via an app? How about mental health issues? I honestly never thought I'd feel this way. I've been heavily involved with technology in work, study and entertainment throughout my life, but the growing disconnect between human beings these days is scary.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Captain Risky 5 years ago
will anyone be employed in the future.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Nzo 5 years ago
Yes, the police, the secret service police, the thought police(almost there with all the PC police out there now) the anti riot police, jail security guards, jail staff and janitors.
Comment icon #13 Posted by LightAngel 5 years ago
We have to keep our humanity if we want to survive, so we really have to find a healthy balance here!
Comment icon #14 Posted by krone 5 years ago
Well in an ideal world, computerizing every job would leave humans free to work shorter hours for the same money and go out and socialize more. That's what we're always promised will happen. Instead, what's happening is that we keep getting worse money for the same work, bosses keep every pound saved, so we do longer hours and must confront a robot at the checkout counter, the library and (soon) in the GP's office too. This leaves no time for anything but socializing on computer. It's like they're trying to make life feel as worthless and hollow as possible, so more people will choose to off t... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Nostrodumbass 5 years ago
I'm realy worried about this. If my gp is a robot and asks me to cough for "that test". Not sure I would like the feeling of cold steel on them old family jewels.
Comment icon #16 Posted by aztek 5 years ago
we do not even have doctors anymore, they are all businessmen\woman. i have bigger chance to diagnose myself right using my blood test, and internet than those so called doctors. but i have no doubt medical cartel will come up with something not to lose all that money.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Ghost Orchid 5 years ago
Clearly they said computers...not robots You don't have to worry about your prunes they wont be cold


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