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Who do you trust? Patients on physicians, AI, and health care


Survey examines patient feelings about doctors and emerging technology.

How do patients feel about integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and other new technologies into their health care?

A majority of them are trusting, according to a new survey of 1,027 people across four generations.

Innerbody, a health product and service testing company based in Palo Alto, California, has published the study “Technology and the Future of Healthcare.” Generally, younger patients are more willing for physicians to add new tech into their health care regimens, while older patients are more reluctant.

But there are differences in how they feel the technology should be used. This slideshow presents some of the findings across Generation Z, born 1997 to 2012; Millennials, born 1981 to 1996; Generation X, born 1965 to 1980; and Baby Boomers, born 1946 to 1964.

Innerbody defined Machine Learning (ML) as using algorithms to examine data and draw inferences, while Deep Learning is complex ML based on the human brain neural network. In medicine, nanotechnology uses microscopic particles, such as individual atoms and molecules, to prevent and treat diseases, the company said, citing studies on that field.

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