As the editor of one of the longest running medical blogs on the internet (that and $5 gets me a Starbucks coffee), I often get email PR solicitations. I love seeing how ridiculous most of them are but this one was particularly moronic. Here is the subject line:
Paging Dr….Chatbot? Why Dr. Chatbot might become your primary care doctor in 2017
C’mon, really? Dr. Chatbot? My new primary care doc? It goes on:
The healthcare industry expects to see a paradigm shift in the coming years due to the development of chatbots and artificial intelligence which are redefining the role of a practitioner and repositioning the patient in relation to their own health, making them more in control than ever before. Patients are now able to download important product information, access support resources in real-time and manage their treatment schedule. Essentially, chatbots and AI are aiming to make healthcare great again.
This is a seismic shift in the healthcare industry which has long been scrutinized by its antiquatedness and inability to connect with consumers in a meaningful capacity leading to dissatisfaction.
If you’re interested in exploring a story on this I’d love to connect you with Joseph Ferraro, CTO of Mavens, a global consulting company that creates cloud-base solutions for pharma and life sciences companies. Joseph is keen on discussing –
- Heathcare’s transition away from the traditional and towards immersive technology like chatbots and AI
- What this transition means for consumers moving forward – will it work? Will consumers actually use AI and chatbots? Or is it bound to fail?
- Some of the obstacles companies should expect if they are transitioning to chatbots/AI
Let me know if you’re interested in connecting with Joe and I can facilitate an interview via phone/email.
So, chatbots and AI is what is going to make healthcare great? They allow more connectedness with patients? No, dipshits, it worsens it. And thanks for devaluing what I do as a primary care doctor while you are at it.
More technology is not the answer. To close the distance between the doctor and the patient we need to remove stupid concepts like Dr. Chatbot. And how stupid a name is that? Reminds me of Chatty Cathy. How about Dr. Chatty Cathy?
**Oh, so they wanted me to write a story about it. I guess this blog entry counts.Tweet