How Bots are Invading Healthcare

How Bots are Invading Healthcare

Most of you have used Google maps, Siri on your phone or a smart speaker some time today. As such, you have experienced the magic of artificial intelligence, algorithms and all that goes with, or without, it.

You might even have had an experience with bots in sick care.

  1. Democratizing the interpretation of your last MBetterise provides you with many features designed to help you take care of your health. Each one, customized to your needs, day after day.

  2. Using a symptom checker to make a diagnosis.

  3. Speaking into something during your office visit that inserts voice to text into the EMR.

  4. Florence reminds users to take their medication or birth control pills, motivates them to be adherent with their regimens, and is also able to provide you with medicine specific information.

  5. Your.MD uses Artificial Intelligence to guide you to the best and most relevant health information for you to get better and stay healthy. 

  6. HealthyBot is a Slack bot that helps you have a happier and healthier workday.

  7. Melody, a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence (A.I.) that lives inside the existing Baidu Doctor app for Android and iOS. This app collects medical information from people and then passes it to doctors in a form that makes it easier to use for diagnostic purposes or to otherwise respond to. Baidu taught Melody how to deal with patients’ chat messages using genuine online text conversations between doctors and patients.

8 Lybrate bot for Facebook Messenger - seamlessly connects you to doctors from across India via our first-of-its-kind health app, and let doctors give advice. Anytime. Anywhere.

9. GYANT Chat bot for Messenger - GYANT checks your symptoms and helps you narrow down the likely cause.

10. Symptomate Bot Facebook Messenger - ggaThe bot asks you to describe your symptoms attempting to narrow down possible causes to one or a couple of conditions you might be suffering from.

Of course, all of this comes with the usual baggage- accuracy, trust, convenience, security and confidentiality, experience, barriers to dissemination and implementation, business and revenue models and high tech-high touch balance.

How much should you trust your bot?

I'll bet you bought into all that stuff about how AI will scale humans, not replace them, huh?

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs.

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  • Liam McKenna

    Healthcare is poised to witness the biggest paradigm shift.

  • Rachelle Gonzalez

    The doctor-patient relationship has changed over the years.

  • Chris Bakarich

    With the help of chatbots, patients can receive immediate assistance at the touch of their fingertips

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  • Courtney Wymer

    Artificial intelligence provides a lot of advantages. I have actually become a fan and more relieved.

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is a professor emeritus of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at He has created several medical device and digital health companies. His primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization. He consults for and speaks to companies, governments, colleges and universities around the world who need his expertise and contacts in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism -- nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures. He is a former Harvard-Macy fellow and In 2010, he completed a Fulbright at Kings Business, the commercialization office of technology transfer at Kings College in London. He recently published "Building the Case for Biotechnology." "Optical Detection of Cancer", and " The Life Science Innovation Roadmap". He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. In addition, He is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School where he teaches Biomedical Entrepreneurship and is an iCorps participant, trainer and industry mentor. He is the Chief Medical Officer at and and Chairman of the Board at GlobalMindED at, a non-profit at risk student success network. He is honored to be named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives of 2011 and nominated in 2012 and Best Doctors 2013.

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