How Could a Computer Avatar Help Physicians Sift Through Data and Make Better Diagnoses?

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Imagine, I'm sitting there and I call my avatar Joe and I say, Joe, so tell me about Mrs. Johns, what's going on? So, Mrs. Johns has these issues, said, the recent on sort of headache, you just doesn't really know how to make sense of it, really she doesn't have a long history of headache, doesn't have a family history of headache, but it's really been upsetting, and by the way, she has just a little bit of a stiff neck, she is not sure what that's about, maybe a little joint pain. So doc, this is Joe speaking.

And I thought a little bit about this. I'd taken her history, and I pretty much know what the problems are there. You might think about this differential diagnoses, it turns out I have been able to look at the literature in the United States for the last three weeks, and it turns out, people who show up with these complaints almost always are serotype positive for virus AXQ.

Disease is really self limited. It's not a big deal, but we can make sure that she has that serotype if you want to. And by the way, the other two or three things in the differential diagnosis list, honestly doc, I don't think it's very likely. In fact, the probability of this diagnosis is 93.4% and the others are 33.3 and 25.2.

Just thought you should know.