Are Digital Docs the Future of Medicine?

You can now have a personal doctor on-call 24/7. They will instantly diagnose you, evaluate your symptoms, walk you through possible remedies and help improve your general well-being. However, there is a catch, these doctors reside nowhere else but in your smartphone.

Welcome to future of medicine where normal visits to the doctors are replaceable with mobile health apps. Medical chat bots are a growing trend now, especially in patients struggling with mental health. These bots are programmed to detect mood patterns, record the medical history of a patient, and even monitor the progress of a recovering patient. What’s more, these bots do all these tasks just by following closely on your Facebook updates.

That’s right, each time you post a ‘worry’ emoji on your Facebook status, your own personal doctor comes to the rescue. They start with the easy questions like how was your day or what else you did outside Facebook. The tough queries follow; why are you hopeless? Why are you showing the same symptoms after a year? Could your problem be hereditary or congenital?

Generally, these bots are the new doctors on call. Health apps with voice activated features are selling like hot cake. This is not to say that they replace the professional service of a trained medical personnel. Think of it this way, you now do not have to read through an avalanche of symptoms on google, and still not know what is wrong with you. Medical chat bots use machine learning and artificial intelligence to predict an accurate diagnosis of your problem.

The response from both consumers and app developer is tremendous. Parents no longer have to worry about leaving their seniors under the care of their teenagers. Kids know how to handle mobile apps, and the health app will tell them what could be wrong with nana. And for mobile developers, they have managed to solve a societal problem which has brought fourth great financial rewards.

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