In the United States, an artificial intelligence helps doctors and patients

(ETX Daily Up) – Google is currently piloting an intelligent chatbot specializing in medical diagnostics in several US clinics. The goal is to quickly orient patients and answer questions about their symptoms. It is in no way a substitute for doctors, but can assist them in seeking a diagnosis.

Artificial intelligence continues to invest in the hospital environment through an experiment conducted by Google at the Mayo Clinic plants in Minnesota. The Med-PaLM-2 chatbot was in fact designed to be able to answer medical questions and offer a diagnosis based on various symptoms. Additionally, the chatbot can perform multiple administrative tasks, such as organizing data or summarizing a patient’s medical record. The study of X-rays is already a declared future goal to be achieved.

This specialized chatbot is based on a linguistic model fed by medical documentation and a series of questions/answers from medical visits. This makes it a much more powerful and reliable tool in the medical field than a less elite chatbot like ChatGPT. The chatbot, while obviously not replacing a real doctor, can still provide information to a patient and direct him to a dedicated service. It can also speed up the diagnosis by directly assisting the doctor during a consultation.

It should be understood that Med-PaLM-2 is still under development and is only partially used here. As for the medical confidentiality and shared health data of users, Google explains that all these exchanges are encrypted and used only locally, which means that the company never has access to this confidential information.

Note that the Mayo Clinic itself is also experimenting, again with Google, with an AI-automated head and neck radiation therapy management model. An algorithm here strives to reduce the time needed to plan treatment for localized head and neck cancers. The goal is to optimize sessions for patient well-being and recovery. For this, the artificial intelligence model implemented was trained on several hundred cases of Mayo Clinic patients with this type of cancer who had already received treatment.

It should be noted that if artificial intelligence is often a source of fear, it is also the subject of much hope in terms of health among the general public.

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