Study explores use of AI tool ChatGPT in emergency medicine – Livermore Independent

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Updated: September 13, 2023 @ 4:34 pm
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AI tool ChatGPT is as good as a doctor and sometimes better at diagnosing conditions in a hospital emergency department, a new study shows.
The chatbot performed as well as a trained doctor in suggesting likely diagnoses for patients being assessed according to the pilot study.
Doctors had the correct diagnosis in their top five possibles 87 percent of the time with one version of ChatGPT scoring the same and another scoring 97 percent.
The researchers believe that with some more work done on it, the technology could one day support doctors and cut waiting times in busy emergency departments.
The study, presented at the European Emergency Medicine Congress, was carried out at Jeroen Bosch Hospital in The Netherlands.
Dr. Hidde ten Berg, from the department of Emergency Medicine, said: “Like a lot of people, we have been trying out ChatGPT and we were intrigued to see how well it worked for examining some complex diagnostic cases.
“So, we set up a study to assess how well the chatbot worked compared to doctors with a collection of emergency medicine cases from daily practice.”
The research, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, looked at 30 anonymized patients treated at the hospital in 2022.
The team entered physicians’ notes on patients’ signs, symptoms and physical examinations into two versions of ChatGPT, the free 3.5 version and the subscriber 4.0 version.
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They also provided the chatbot with results of lab tests, such as blood and urine analysis.
For each case, they compared the shortlist of likely diagnoses generated by the chatbot to the shortlist made by emergency medicine doctors and to the patient’s correct diagnosis.
They found a large 60 per cent overlap between the shortlists generated by ChatGPT and the doctors.
Doctors had the correct diagnosis within their top five likely diagnoses in 87% of the cases, compared to 97% for ChatGPT version 3.5 and 87% for version 4.0.
Dr ten Berg said: “We found that ChatGPT performed well in generating a list of likely diagnoses and suggesting the most likely option.
“We also found a lot of overlap with the doctors’ lists of likely diagnoses. Simply put, this indicates that ChatGPT was able suggest medical diagnoses much like a human doctor would.
“For example, we included a case of a patient presenting with joint pain that was alleviated with painkillers, but redness, joint pain and swelling always recurred.
“In the previous days, the patient had a fever and sore throat. A few times there was a discoloration of the fingertips.
“Based on the physical exam and additional tests, the doctors thought the most likely diagnosis was probably rheumatic fever, but ChatGPT was correct with its most likely diagnosis of vasculitis.”
He added: “It’s vital to remember that ChatGPT is not a medical device and there are concerns over privacy when using ChatGPT with medical data.
“However, there is potential here for saving time and reducing waiting times in the emergency department.
“The benefit of using artificial intelligence could be in supporting doctors with less experience, or it could help in spotting rare diseases.”
Professor Youri Yordanov from the St Antoine Hospital emergency department, France who was not involved in the research, cautioned: “We are a long way from using ChatGPT in the clinic, but it’s vital that we explore new technology and consider how it could be used to help doctors and their patients.
“People who need to go to the emergency department want to be seen as quickly as possible and to have their problem correctly diagnosed and treated.
“I look forward to more research in this area and hope that it might ultimately support the work of busy health professionals.”
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