New Prescribing Powers – GP-AI
New prescribing powers are being discussed to relieve the pressure on GPs.
Imagine how much time this would save if there was a GP AI app that could diagnose and prescribe medication.
I have given up on my own GP and do not bother with them other than write yearly letters which in the past two years have not been actioned although acknowledged. However, I still get my repeat medication and requests for annual reviews, which in my opinion are a waste of time if the general practitioner ignores your letter. If they claim to be so busy that they do not have time to read letters, then they should learn to speed read and I do not believe the excuse because they get letters from hospitals every day. Furthermore not every patient bothers to write letters, it is just a lack of care and negligence on the part of the surgery that is to blame.
I am all for not speaking to anyone anyway, so learning that GPs will have new prescribing powers that could allow millions of patients to get medical help without having to see a GP, under government proposals, is basically music to my ears.
Regulators will be asked to consider extending responsibilities to thousands of medical assistants as part of efforts to radically reform healthcare (I hope this does not mean receptionists, your problem should only be discussed with a doctor or AI robot).
Ministers believe that the measures could reduce pressures on GP services, increasing the number of patients treated without seeing a doctor, while speeding up access for those who need to see one (again if they are implying receptionists, then they need to be medically trained to make diagnoses).
The ministers also hope that the changes would allow GPs to focus more time on the most complex cases and the elderly, reducing the number of patients ending up in A&E.
Prescriptions without seeing a GP under radical proposal (msn.com)
Virtual GP appointments are a form of ‘digital exclusion’, NHS chiefs admits (telegraph.co.uk)
It is about time that the NHS gets their act together and make GP surgeries redundant.
AI can help doctors diagnose patients by analyzing patient data and providing insights and recommendations to healthcare professionals. With the help of machine learning algorithms, AI can be trained to identify patterns and anomalies in medical data, allowing it to make predictions and provide recommendations for diagnoses.
AI can analyze large amounts of patient data, such as medical images, lab results, and electronic health records, to provide more accurate and efficient diagnoses. For example, AI can help radiologists to analyze medical images, such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs, to detect abnormalities that might be missed by human eyes.
AI can also help doctors to identify rare diseases that can be difficult to diagnose. By analyzing patient symptoms, medical history, and genetic data, AI can provide a more accurate diagnosis and recommend the most effective treatment options.
Overall, AI has the potential to improve the accuracy and efficiency of medical diagnoses, leading to better patient outcomes and reducing the workload for healthcare professionals. However, it’s important to note that AI should be used as a tool to support doctors, not to replace them.
GP AI apps are already a thing and they are likely to become more common in the future. GP AI apps are designed to provide patients with quick access to medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations, without the need for an in-person doctor’s visit. These apps use artificial intelligence to analyze patient data, such as symptoms, medical history, and test results, to provide personalized recommendations.
Some GP AI apps are already in use, such as Babylon Health and Ada Health. These apps ask patients a series of questions about their symptoms and medical history, and then provide a diagnosis or recommend a course of treatment. Some of these apps also have the ability to connect patients with healthcare professionals if further evaluation or treatment is needed.
GP AI apps have the potential to improve access to healthcare, especially for patients who live in remote areas or have difficulty accessing traditional healthcare services. They can also reduce the workload of healthcare professionals and help to free up their time for more complex cases.
However, it’s important to note that GP AI apps should be used as a supplement to, rather than a replacement for, in-person medical care. While AI can be helpful for diagnosing common conditions and providing treatment recommendations, it cannot replace the knowledge, experience, and human touch of a trained healthcare professional.
A health professional could have www.GPAI.co.uk and implement it into their own online surgery, saving time on appointments, diagnosis, and prescribing medication.
GP practices are private businesses and can enter into commercial contracts with other businesses and provide services privately, but only to an extent that is not prohibited by the GMS contract.
We also have the code for an app that is being sold together as a package.
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