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Technology will improve doctors’ relationships with patients, says Topol review

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 11 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l661
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Doctors should be trained in genomics, artificial intelligence (AI), and digital healthcare technologies, the government commissioned Topol review has said.

The review, led by Eric Topol of the Scripps Research Institute in California, was commissioned by Jeremy Hunt, former health secretary, to explore how NHS staff can make the most of technology to improve services and help ensure a sustainable NHS.

The final report said that the UK has the potential to become a world leader in healthcare technologies and that these would affect the way doctors and other clinicians work.1

It added that, while technology will not replace healthcare professionals, it can “enhance them” and give them more …

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