Could AI be used to make discharge summaries easier for patients to understand

Hospital patients can access their discharge summary, which contains all the information about their hospital stay, through their health record, however, these summaries are often full of technical language and difficult to understand. A team of international researchers tested an AI’s ability to re-word 50 discharge summaries to be easier to understand but still accurate. The researchers say the AI was able to improve the patient-friendliness of the summaries, however, some summaries omitted potentially important details or contained inaccurate information. The researchers say their findings suggest AI could be useful for improving the readability of these summaries, however with AI’s current capability, any re-worded summaries would need to be reviewed by a qualified human.

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