STAT

Opinion: Artificial intelligence will put a premium on physicians’ knowledge and decision-making skills

AI in medicine isn't technology versus human, but how they come together to be greater than a sum of their parts.
Two women try out René Laennec's third-model stethoscope, made in the early 1800s, at the Smithsonian Institute circa 1955. Source: Orlando /Three Lions/Getty Images

The FDA’s announcement last week that it approved artificial intelligence software that can identify diabetic retinopathy, a common eye disease, without the need for an eye specialist likely shook some doctors already concerned about this new technology. I don’t think they have anything to worry about.

, sometimes called AI, is not a dramatic and revolutionary development in the history of medicine. It’s but the latest in a long line of breakthroughs that have made it possible for caregivers to better diagnose and treat

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from STAT

STAT7 min readTech
One Health Care Startup At A Time, This Venture Capitalist Wants To Harness The Investing Power Of Women
“If women want specific companies in the world that address their needs, the only way to do that is for women to become the investors."
STAT4 min readSociety
Opinion: Bringing Transparency To The Notion Of Price Transparency
Transparency is not just a goal. It's also an ethic. Organizations involved in price transparency initiatives should be transparent in the ways appropriate to them.
STAT1 min read
Listen: The Serious Side Of Spit Kits, How BiTEs Leave A Mark, & Sarepta’s Sluggish Study
Is anything too weighty to be explained over the internet? Can a new spin on old technology outfox CAR-T? And does that controversial drug even work? We discuss all that and more on the latest episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. Fi