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Generative artificial intelligence improves doctors’ time management, accuracy

Dina Letko
AI at work. A doctor finishes the day with using already documented information on Freed, an online AI documentation platform, to review patient visits. This new software, like many similar softwares, summarizes the doctors’ earlier recorded physical examinations, and arranges the information so that they can easily take further action for their patients’ treatments. “Sometimes I spend hours on documenting each interaction with my patient,” Alma Arslanagic said. “If I can start using AI to actually improve on time management, that would be great.”

After a long day of examining patients, reviewing data and talking to nurses, a doctor sits down to document each individual patient’s visit, review more data and then decide how to treat each patient. The doctor opens Freed, an AI platform that has sorted all of the information from their earlier visits, to do the work that would otherwise be done by hand and memory. 

As AI becomes more advanced and widely used, physicians are able to make more accurate diagnoses and plans for patients in less time, improving their time management and accuracy.

According to Harvard Medical School, AI has many uses in medicine, including analysis of medical imaging and working with physicians to write diagnoses and create treatment plans for patients.

Alma Arslanagic, an internal medicine physician in the Chicagoland area, whose work involves physical examinations as well as reviewing data for her patients such as imaging and lab results, notices several developments in her field since the introduction of AI. 

She explained that many doctors are starting to use AI documentation platforms such as Freed and Speke, which record and summarize physical examinations, and this is helping them improve their time management. Dr. Arslanagic said she feels this is very important for the purpose of focusing on patients.

“Really what I care most about is taking care of my patients and spending enough time with them, and not spending so much time with documentation,” Dr. Arslanagic said.

Not only are physicians using AI during visits, but they also use it to review results and conduct data analysis.

Dr. Arslanagic emphasized the use of AI in certain fields such as radiology and pathology, where AI is especially useful for recognizing abnormalities in imaging results faster than the human eye can.

Dr. Arslanagic is one of many doctors who feel AI is beginning, and will continue, to help make their jobs easier. 

According to a survey done by CNBC, 90% of physicians claim to be burned out on a regular basis, and 83% of doctors said that they felt AI will be able to help. 

The introduction of AI is just the beginning stages of many possibilities with what it can accomplish in medicine.

“We were told that AI already has a medical degree, among other degrees. So, I think it’s only growing and learning more and more. I think it’s going to be really taking over, especially in certain fields,” Dr. Arslanagic said.

Despite the many benefits of using AI in so many different ways in medical fields, Dr. Arslanagic feels that there are still some things that it will never be able to replace.

“I think that in medical field, there is a lot to be said about human touch and human approach and healing,” Dr. Arslanagic said. “I think that AI just cannot completely take over that human component of things, and I hope it doesn’t. Because I think that doctors are still needed for much more than just diagnosing and treating, but also healing and supporting patients.”

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Dina Letko
Dina Letko, Reporter
Dina Sadikovic Letko is a member of the Class of 2027. She began journalism in the 2023-24 school year as a ninth grader. Outside of journalism, she loves spending time with her family, reading, and writing. She published her first book around the same time that she joined journalism. She also loves playing outdoors, swimming, and she has been playing tennis since she was six years old. She plays competitively on the school tennis team.

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    Roberta SandersMay 16, 2024 at 10:13 am

    One of my Drs actually feels medicine is at least 75% human contact.
    I tend to agree.
    This opinion does not negate our need/use of AI