How ChatGPT could revolutionize healthcare research, education and clinical care

ChatGPT could revolutionize healthcare as it could help healthcare researchers develop questions, act as an interactive encyclopedia for medical students and could be incorporated into health systems' EHRs, according to a March 27 viewpoint published in JAMA

Here are some ways ChatGPT could be used in healthcare, according to the report:

  • Research: ChatGPT could help healthcare researchers formulate questions, develop study protocols and summarize data. 

  • Medical education: For medical education, ChatGPT could serve as "an interactive encyclopedia." ChatGPT could even be used to simulate patient interactions, as well as produce first drafts of progress notes, patient care plans, and other documents.

  • Clinical care and burnout: ChatGPT has the potential to automate repetitive tasks that are leading to burnout. It could also be used as a clinical decision support tool and be incorporated into EHR systems such as Epic. 

But, according to the publication, the current versions of ChatGPT are not HIPAA compliant and could risk patient privacy. 

"Until professional-grade versions with adequate safeguards are available, clinicians should avoid inputting protected health information," according to the authors of the report.

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