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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 5397  

Reply to article 'Inequality and the future of healthcare': Embracing AI for primary healthcare physicians!


1 Undergraduate Student, University of Connecticut, USA
2 Humans for Humanity, India

Date of Submission08-Jan-2020
Date of Acceptance12-Mar-2020
Date of Web Publication30-Oct-2020

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Mr. Amol Kodan
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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_44_20

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Kodan A, Chauhan A. Reply to article 'Inequality and the future of healthcare': Embracing AI for primary healthcare physicians!. J Family Med Prim Care 2020;9:5397

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Kodan A, Chauhan A. Reply to article 'Inequality and the future of healthcare': Embracing AI for primary healthcare physicians!. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Dec 4];9:5397. Available from: https://www.jfmpc.com/text.asp?2020/9/10/5397/299367



Dear Editor,

We read with great interest your thought provoking article by Bhattacharya et al. on 'Inequality and the future of healthcare' in the previous issue.[1] We understand the concerns of authors about use of digitalization and artificial intelligence in healthcare.

However, we believe that appropriate utilization of these new edge tools will be boon for primary care physicians.[2],[3],[4],[5] We want to emphasize that rather than fearing about choosing between primary care vs. elite tools, these new edge technologies need to work in unison and must be integrated and deployed at the periphery to benefit the last person in the health care delivery chain. Primary care medicine cannot be replaced, but will be benefited by deploying these tools for the masses. Advances in medicine should not be restricted to elite but should be welcomed to seep the masses and reach the last mile!

We share our small experience at NGO-Humans for Humanity, where we work towards healing the poorest of poor. Use of data analysis and artificial intelligence tools could help us identify hot spot areas and take better decisions for making an impact to the masses. It was a boon for our primary care physician volunteers to work effectively.

The primary care physician should embrace these tools and understand how they can be used for working towards care and compassion of mankind. We fully agree with authors that healing touch of primary physician for masses should not be replaced by a computer-based algorithm. However, we believe, time is ripe to take this forward such that it can benefit the masses.

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There is no conflicts of interest.



 
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Bhattacharya S, Pradhan KB, Singh A, Semwal J, Srivastava AK, Hossain MM. Inequality and the future of healthcare. J Family Med Prim Care 2019;8:3779-82.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Bhattacharya S, Pradhan KB, Bashar MA, Tripathi S, Semwal J, Marzo RR,et al. Artificial intelligence enabled healthcare: A hype, hope or harm. J Family Med Prim Care 2019;8:3461-4.  Back to cited text no. 2
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The Lancet. Artificial intelligence in health care: Within touching distance. Lancet 2018;390:2739. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31540-4.  Back to cited text no. 5
    




 

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