AI, machine learning and the potential impacts on the practice of family medicine

Impact of Tech

Will modern medical technology give physicians more time to focus on the human and healing portion of their jobs, or will it initiate workplace surveillance, productivity measurement, and eventually supplant human physicians? 

The emergence of many new technologies is dynamic, poorly regulated and nearly impossible to keep up with. That said, the author outlines some of the major types of technology that will likely impinge on family medicine, such as big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

This narrative paper aims to stimulate thought among the leaders of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. It sets the stage for leaders in family medicine to prepare themselves, the profession, and their patients for conversations about the changes to come, given the possibilities offered by technology.

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