Will mobile health apps make GPs redundant?

Patients are turning to health apps, such as NHS Direct, but one app is going a step further and uses artificial intelligence to mimic a consultation with a GP. Photograph: Alamy You have a fever, can’t eat and you’re barely strong enough to get out of bed. So you phone your GP surgery for an appointment, only to be told that the first one is two weeks away. It probably sounds familiar. But could technology offer an alternative? A mobile app, Your.MD, is promising something radically different. Billed as a personal health assistant, it uses artificial intelligence (AI) to mimic, as far as possible, your consultation with a GP. If you tell Your.MD your symptoms, it will tell you what it thinks your problem might be. Only an automated, computer-driven…


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