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AI in the doctor’s office: What is already possible today? What does the future hold?

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AI in the doctor’s office: What is already possible today?  What does the future hold?

BVASK Congress 2024

Artificial intelligence (AI) is penetrating all areas of life ever faster. The self-learning system is also finding its way into all areas of medical practices. PD Dr. will talk about what AI is already doing in practices today and what the future may look like. med. Philip Rößler, specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery and specialist in knee surgery at the Middle Rhine Joint Center at the 34th BVASK Congress from February 2nd to 3rd in Düsseldorf’s Medienhafen.

There is no question that the AI ​​is not only to be equated with the well-known application ChatGPT. There are now many different providers and applications in the starting blocks.

AI is already being used in communication and patient management today. Intelligent controls can be used to arrange appointments with a doctor who specializes in the specific problem; chatbots can answer important questions from patients who would otherwise have no one to answer the phone. The simulation of a natural conversation is one of the most important functions here.

AI-controlled telephones and AI-led interviews with patients are already in use. Rößler: “However, this is not yet possible for medical advice because there are hardly any validated and medically approved AI versions yet. Appropriate regulations must first be created for this.”

Artificial intelligence has also become indispensable in imaging. This not only applies to the intelligent evaluation of images, but also extends to complex surgical planning. When planning knee operations, orthopedic surgeons can now use software to automatically determine the anatomical and mechanical leg axes and have them corrected themselves.

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AI is also slowly gaining momentum in medical documentation. The first intelligent surgical reports, which the surgeon can adapt and refine according to his own criteria, intelligent text writing and dictation programs that are specifically aimed at the needs of the individual departments, make the work of the residents easier.

“The systems are becoming ever more sophisticated and complex, but we have to ensure that we always maintain control over this development,” warns Rößler. Colleagues therefore have to be vigilant, especially in the operational area.”

AI is also gradually finding its way into consultation hours, treatment plans, rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Digital health applications (DiGAs) and other comparable apps enable increasingly immersive patient guidance. Sensors on the leg after an operation, for example, already measure the degree of mobility and muscle development, create an individual follow-up treatment plan and automatically adjust the rehab time and time again. “Despite how much it makes our work easier, this shouldn’t tempt us as treatment managers to simply activate the autopilot,” says Rößler.

In the future, AI will also revolutionize business management in practices. AI-supported practice management systems and intelligent billing software will then become the norm. Hardly any resident can fully understand the jungle of many different billing figures and modalities or be able to keep up with the constant adjustments in addition to day-to-day business. AI can help save staff and time and prevent impending billing losses.

BVASK Congress 02.-03. February 2024, Düsseldorf Media Harbor

The Professional Association for Arthroscopy represents the professional and political interests of arthroscopic doctors (orthopedists and surgeons) in Germany. The goal is to be able to care for all patients using the most modern medical standards.

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