Babylon chatbot bypasses doctors in making medical diagnoses

Babylon presented at a meeting of the British Royal College of Medicine its new development - a chatbot with artificial intelligence, which is able to apply the method of collecting anamnesis and make predictions about the patient's condition and diseases. Babylon is pushing for a formal chatbot exam, as it scores 81% of the correct answers when tested in a college-like manner. The best indicator of general practitioners for 2012-2017 - only 72%.

At King's College, they are skeptical about the idea of ​​the test and about the development from Babylon itself, emphasizing that they, honored specialists, did not give approval in the creation of such systems. Doctors avoid direct comparisons of the skills of a machine and a human doctor, arguing that the very essence of such a confrontation is irrelevant.

Say, no robot can do what a real doctor, let alone a practicing doctor, can do. But Babylon counters - we do not set a goal to replace the attending physicians, only assistants, and, most importantly, diagnostic specialists. To study the patient's problems and make a preliminary diagnosis in order to weed out false cases from serious ones and optimize the work of the medical institution.

In the meantime, in the UK they are trying not to play off people and cars, in Rwanda, back in 2016, such systems were accepted into the structure of the Ministry of Health. After the genocide of 1994, the health care system was destroyed in the camp, but Babylon already has 2 million accounts for the local residents, among which tens of thousands of experiments have been carried out. Patients call the nurses and answer the chatbot's questions, which she reads from the screen, after which a diagnosis is formulated. And then: either you are welcome to the hospital, or the case does not require medical intervention. Fast and easy.