Private GP provider Babylon has claimed its app is able to provide clinical advice to patients that is ‘on par’ with doctors, sparking criticism from GP leaders.

Babylon, which also provides its GP at Hand service for NHS patients, said it had used diagnostic questions from trainee GP exams to test the artificial intelligence behind its app, which features a symptom checker and provides patients with medical information and triage advice.

The company said its AI scored 81% when it was tested using RCGP exam questions, whereas the average mark for real-life doctors was 72%, according to data from 2013 to 2018.

However, the RCGP said the claims were ‘dubious’….read more

Pulse: 27 June 2018

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