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Patients Do Not Want Artificial Intelligence Tools to Replace Doctors

Legal News GavelIf you have been injured due to a medical professional’s negligence, you need to reach out to a skilled Baltimore medical malpractice attorney who can help. At Arfaa Law Group, we are familiar with Maryland malpractice laws and can help you hold medical professionals accountable for the harm that they cause. You can rest assured that we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your losses.

A recent study by Syneos Health Communications examines bridging the gap in the conversation surrounding the use of technology in medicine. The study collected responses from patients being treated for Type 2 Diabetes, breast cancer, and atrial fibrillation. Of the 800 respondents, the vast majority felt that there was no substitute for a doctor. In fact, fewer than 20 percent reported seeing any benefit to their future health if health care was provided by AI-based solutions. The primary concern was that machines might miss things that a human doctor would catch. However, when it came to nurses, 64 percent of respondents thought technology could be very useful, since patients could have on-demand access to information and health monitoring and ask the questions they needed to ask.

As medical technology advances, it will play a greater role in patient care. While this can provide better care for patients, it can also create complex legal questions when it comes to malpractice. What happens when technology results in an injury to a patient or worsens a patient’s existing condition? While working with complicated technology, medical professionals are expected to provide competent care by using the technology properly. In short, if doctors are relying on technology, they have to be able to use it correctly. In cases in which this does not happen, a medical professional may be liable for medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice takes place when a medical provider fails to uphold a reasonable standard of care, resulting in injuries or death. In other words, malpractice occurs when a health care professional fails to use the level of care that another health care professional would have used in the same or similar circumstances. In order to prove malpractice, the plaintiff must establish the following elements:  the health care professional owed the patient a duty of care; the health care professional breached the duty of care; and the health care professional’s breach was a direct and proximate cause of the patient’s harm. Each of these elements must be shown before any damages can be recovered.

Of course, in certain cases, a medical professional can do everything right but still have inaccurate information that could harm the patient, due to a faulty technology or a technological malfunction. In such cases, the injured patient may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer or retailer of the technology.

If you have suffered a medical injury due to a medical professional’s negligence, we can help. At Arfaa Law Group, our seasoned hospital negligence attorneys can make every effort to get you the compensation you are rightfully owed for your losses. With years of experience, we understand how to navigate these complex claims. We proudly represent clients across Maryland. For more information about your case, call 410-889-1850 without delay.

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