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Can technology replace an evaluation from a real doctor?

| Nov 20, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

With the advent of modern technology, it’s never been easier for doctors in Indiana to diagnose skin cancer. But while modern technology can be miraculous at times, it also has its drawbacks. A recent study revealed that one popular diagnostic tool might not be as useful as first believed. This begs the question: Can technology replace a doctor’s diagnosis, or is there no substitute for human knowledge and experience?

A popular diagnostic tool might have caused false results

In recent years, many doctors have used convolutional neural networks, or CNN, to help them diagnose skin cancer. CNN can analyze a picture of a skin lesion and determine whether the lesion is cancerous. According to one researcher, CNN is so accurate that it’s essentially as effective as consulting a dermatologist.

But with all forms of technology, nothing is guaranteed. A recent study revealed that CNN can misinterpret data and give patients inaccurate results. For example, the researchers noted that CNN can give a different diagnosis depending on the type of image used. Patients could get three different results from pictures of the same lesion taken by an iPhone, Android and digital camera. As a result, it’s clear that CNN isn’t as accurate as researchers once thought.

When it comes to serious diseases like skin cancer, an incorrect diagnosis could lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit. These findings suggest that doctors shouldn’t rely solely on technology to make their diagnoses and should always examine their patients in person.

How can I sue for medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is more than an error in judgment because the results can be life-threatening. An attorney may be able to help you pursue a case against the hospital or physician and prove that you suffered from injuries or disease as a result of their negligence.