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A new humanism for medicine in the digital age

La medicina fra intelligenza artificiale e necessità di un nuovo Umanesimo

Abstract

The digital revolution, computer science and artificial intelligence are pervading all aspects of our lives. The world of health is no exception, starting with the digitization of images, through the collection of data from major clinical trials, up to the building of Big Data that contain the clinical histories of millions of patients. Then came cognitive computers and machine learning. Artificial intelligence has begun to occupy spaces previously occupied by doctors, with automatic reporting of radiographic images, support for diagnosis, quick database consultation with decision-making algorithms, and many other applications. At the same time, the reliability of these systems has improved. Like any change that alters old balances, this revolution must also be governed by the redefining of roles and priorities. The need is emerging for a new humanism that redefines the role of doctors in their relationship with patients. It will give patients the certainty that artificial intelligence, so important to health, will always remain within human decisions.

G Tec Nefrol Dial 2017; 29(3): 203 - 206

Article Type: SPECIAL FOCUS REVIEW

Article Subject: CLINICAL MANAGEMENT

DOI:10.5301/GTND.2017.17308

Authors

Antonio Barracca, Stefano Ledda, Gianmaria Mancosu, Walter Melis, Maria Rosa Rinaldi, Patrizia Francesca Patricelli

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