However, there are also concerns. The study compared the performance of ChatGPT to doctors in answering patient questions from the Reddit forum r/AskDocs.
The results showed that Chatbot answers were preferred over answers from doctors, receiving significantly higher ratings for quality and empathy.
This is a promising development that could potentially reduce unnecessary clinic visits and free up resources.
However, the study also highlights the need for further research to evaluate the potential impact of AI assistants in the clinical setting and to address ethical concerns, including the need for human oversight to ensure accuracy and prevent misinformation.
It’s interesting to note that ChatGPT wasn’t specifically optimized for medical tasks, but Google is currently developing a large language model called Med-PaLM 2, which is optimized for medical purposes and can reportedly pass medical exams.
As technology continues to advance, it will be fascinating to see how AI assistants can improve healthcare outcomes for both patients and doctors.