Since Watson won on Jeopardy, there’s been lots of talk of robots assuming doctors’ roles. Ten years into our future, machines with programmed empathy and nuanced diagnostic skills will solve diagnostic dilemmas, deduce optimal treatment and make us well.
Yesterday I found a new Xtranormal video, this one crafted by Dr. Charles of his excellent Examining Room blog, on Dr. Watson and the 7 Qualities of an Ideal Physician.
Dr. Charles cites a 2006 Mayo Clinic Proceedings review on what patients say are essential characteristics of a good physician: The ideal doctor is confident, empathetic, humane, personal, forthright, respectful, and thorough. In this clever, short movie crafted by Dr. Charles, the robot-doctor tries to demonstrate his capability in each of these dimensions in his interaction with a cartoon patient.
I hope the folks over at IBM, who are collaborating with real medical centers now about designing artificial doctors’ intelligence, might take a close look at this video.