“The excitement surrounding A.I. in medicine is not because it could replace physician tasks, but because it could replace non-clinical tasks by providing administrative support, automating redundancies in electronic medical records, provide tailored care to patients with differential needs, and even propose more equitable patient-specific payment models.”
Resident physician in orthopaedic surgery
Artificial intelligence (A.I.) is a nonspecific buzzword rapidly approaching the summit of the hype cycle. A recent opinion article in the New York Times raised concern that A.I. may exacerbate disparities in medicine and healthcare. While understanding the limitations of any new technology is a critical due diligence step, suggesting A.I. may worsen health disparities is an unfounded, potentially dangerous notion to propagate when the evidence suggests the opposite. A.I. applications offer the prospect of improving the clinical practice of medicine while leveling the playing field by allowing doctors to spend more time with patients and leveraging tailored solutions to direct care plans.