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Physicians in the era of technology-enabled diagnostics

Health-care delivery is evolving, with an increased availability of consumer and medical technology-enabled diagnostic devices powered by artificial intelligence. Physicians need to evolve by deprioritizing old skills in favour of new skills in statistics and medical decision-making psychology. Technology moves fast; physicians will need to pivot and adapt quickly.

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Shah, R.U. Physicians in the era of technology-enabled diagnostics. Nat Rev Cardiol 20, 215–216 (2023).

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