Lancet Digital Health: Using ChatGPT to write patient clinic letters

15 March, 2023

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Below is an extract from a Comment in the current issue of The Lancet Digital Health. Full text here:

'This pilot assessment shows that it is possible to generate clinic letters with a high overall correctness and humanness score with ChatGPT. Furthermore, these letters were written at a reading level that is broadly similar to current real-world human generated letters.9 The ability of AI to generate clinical letters as an alternative to those written by clinicians raises important considerations for the quality and effectiveness of health-care communication. It is important that potential risks, such as omissions or errors, which might have serious consequences for patient care, are mitigated.'

CITATION: Using ChatGPT to write patient clinic letters

Stephen R Ali et al.

Lancet Digital Health, March 07, 2023 DOI:

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