AI in Medicine: The Future looks brighter

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The Glimmer of hope

As the owner of a nasty case of Crohn’s Disease for 20 years, I was literally hoping for the arrival of Aliens; you know, like in V-The Visitors from 2009 where they let mankind participate in their total healing experience. My case of Crohn’s is one of those that is called „extreme“, aggravated by countless errors by doctors. Be that as it may, I am left with a rocking 2.2 meters of colon. For those not in the know: You need 1.2 meters of small intestine to actually live (has to do with calories and stuff).

Then, in November 2023, the „Alien“ finally arrived: OpenAI released ChatGPT. I immediately saw the potential: my doctor would have a sheet in his hand, on this sheet would be all my diagnosis of the past 20 years, neatly summarized in bullet points. Also on this sheet would be a recommendation on how to best proceed, because the AI has read all there is to know about Morbus Crohn and maybe even developed new courses of treatment and maybe maybe would find a way to heal it. Maybe the AI would even find a way to transplant colon. So I would finally get rid of the stoma. I was excited by the mere prospect what AI could do for me.

The Dawn of AI in Medicine

The release of ChatGPT marked a turning point in the medical field. Suddenly, the vast sea of medical literature was navigable in seconds. Doctors could access summarized data, historical patient information, and treatment recommendations without breaking a sweat. What’s more, this wasn’t just about efficiency—it was about precision.

Imagine the Possibilities

Picture this: You walk into your doctor’s office, and instead of flipping through your thick medical file, they have a concise, bullet-pointed sheet prepared by AI. Every test result, every symptom you’ve reported, and every treatment you’ve tried is there. What’s next is a list of recommendations based on the latest research and your unique medical history. This isn’t the future; this is happening now with AI like ChatGPT and Google’s AMIE.

Meet AMIE: Google’s Medical Marvel

AMIE, or AI Model for Medical Insights and Evidence, is Google‘s answer to the medical field’s call for help. This AI can scan through countless medical documents, patient histories, and research papers to deliver accurate, real-time information to doctors. It’s like having an all-knowing assistant that never sleeps. Imagine the breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment planning when every piece of relevant data is at your doctor’s fingertips as a simple app. 

Real Advances in AI and Medicine

Furthermore, AI isn’t just about processing information; it’s about learning and evolving. Machine learning algorithms can predict how different treatments might work based on a patient’s genetic makeup. They can also monitor patients in real time, alerting doctors to issues before they become emergencies. These advancements are not just theoretical—they are transforming patient care today.

Data Privacy: A Double-Edged Sword

Now, let’s talk about data privacy. Sure, sharing your medical data with AI can feel invasive. But when you’re dealing with a severe condition like Crohn’s disease, the benefits often outweigh the concerns. For many of us, the promise of better treatment and a higher quality of life is worth the trade-off. It’s a tough call, but for those suffering, the potential for accurate and effective medical care can be a game-changer.

Conclusion: A Future Worth Fighting For

Finally, embracing AI in medicine isn’t just about adopting new technology—it’s about hope. For those of us with chronic conditions, AI offers a promise of better days ahead. It means fewer errors, faster diagnoses, and personalized treatments. It’s a future where we might finally live without the constant shadow of illness. And that, my friends, is a future worth fighting for.

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