Health Law Highlights

AI, Health Care, and the Realities of Being Human

Summary of article from Undark, by Arjun V.K. Sharma:

The “doorknob phenomenon” in medicine refers to patients revealing their most pressing concerns just as the doctor is about to leave. This article explores the tension between this deeply human aspect of healthcare and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) in the medical field. While AI promises efficiency and precision, it may risk depersonalizing healthcare and overlook broader social determinants of health. The author emphasizes that despite the potential advantages of AI, the uniquely human connections between doctor and patient are irreplaceable. The future of healthcare should balance technological advancements with maintaining human empathy and understanding.