JOSHA’s Critical Review of “High Hopes for ‘Deep Medicine’? AI, Economics, and the Future of Care” by Robert Sparrow and Joshua Hatherley
Neher Aseem Parimoo,
Affiliation: Journal of Science, Humanities, and Arts, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare, Medicine, Deep Medicine, Patient Care, Economics
Categories: News and Views, Artificial Intelligence, Modeling and Simulation, Medicine
"High Hopes for 'Deep Medicine'? AI, Economics, and the Future of Care" by Sparrow and Hatherley critically examines the potential impact of AI on healthcare. The essay questions the optimistic view that AI will enhance the doctor-patient relationship, and identifies economic and institutional factors that may hinder its realisation. Concerns are raised about the erosion of the therapeutic relationship, increased administrative burden, reduced time for patient interaction, and diminished trust in doctors. While acknowledging the benefits of AI in diagnosis, the authors call for a more balanced approach, suggesting specific recommendations and exploring successful examples of AI integration to prioritise patient-centred care and protect the doctor-patient relationship.