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

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