Will ChatGPT change medical writing? Le Bonheur physician publishes AI-penned article

A physician with Memphis, Tenn.-based Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center published an article in Radiology that was written entirely by ChatGPT.

Radiology fellow Som Biswas, MD, said he did it to show the promise of generative artificial intelligence but also point out its caveats.

"The use of chatbots and NLP [natural language processing] technology has the potential to change the way medical writers operate," Dr. Biswas said in an April 20 health system news release. "Documents could be more accurate, more consistent and require less effort from a human medical writer."

Those cautions include plagiarism and copyright concerns, lack of innovation and creativity because generative AI learns from sources that already exist, and the potential for errors and bias, he said. But he also noted such benefits as extracting information from EHRs or literature searches and more quickly writing articles or meeting summaries.

Dr. Biswas edited the article, showing the continued need for human medical experts to review AI chatbots' output.

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