Forget your GP, robots will ‘soon be able to diagnose more accurately than almost any doctor’

Robots will soon be able to diagnose patients “more accurately and faster” than almost any doctor, says the man behind a controversial NHS scheme which will see chatbots employed to assess 111 calls.

A private company with a string of health service contracts is to launch a national scheme which allows patients to receive a full diagnosis by smartphone – without ever having to see a GP.

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The NHS is trialling this health monitoring wearable in hospitals

The UK’s NHS is continuing its experiments with wearable tech with two trials of Snap40, a health wearable worn on the upper arm, which continuously monitors hospital patients’ vital signs.

The wireless device packs six sensors, which track heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, oxygen saturations, blood pressure, posture, movement and even emotion.

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Wearable technology crucial to NHS future | The Guardian

Devices worn on the wrist like the ones that record your heart rate, calorie intake or distance run have a vital part to play in securing the NHS’s future, the service’s medical director says.

Prof Sir Bruce Keogh believes that gadgets similar to fitness trackers, which are growing in popularity, and others resembling games consoles will revolutionise the monitoring of patients’ health, especially those with a serious condition.

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