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Automating hospital discharge summaries with ChatGPT
By Vanessa Klotzman  |  Mar 22, 2023
Automating hospital discharge summaries with ChatGPT
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ChatGPT is good at writing discharge summaries for patients to ease the load on medical staff to free them for complex tasks ChatGPT is inept at, while safeguarding patient data, states Vanessa Klotzman, a Software Engineering PhD candidate and an ML and NLP in healthcare expert.

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA - ChatGPT is a large language model trained by OpenAI which uses natural language processing (NLP) techniques to provide human-like conversations with users. Its ability to understand and generate human-like responses has made it a valuable tool in various fields. This includes healthcare, where one of the critical tasks is writing discharge summaries. These serve as essential communication tools between healthcare providers and patients.

Discharge summaries provide overviews of patients’ hospital stays, including diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up instructions, and are medical documents that outline the essential information about patients’ hospitalizations, as well as their care plans after they are discharged. They are thus critical communication channels between healthcare providers - including physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals - and patients and their families and provide comprehensive overviews of patients’ stays and after-care plans, ensuring continuity of care and minimizing the risk of medical errors. They also empower patients and their caregivers to take a more active role in managing patients’ health and wellbeing after they leave hospital.

ChatGPT can be utilized to help automate the process of writing discharge summaries. It can analyze patient records - including medical histories, diagnoses, and treatments - and generate accurate, concise summaries that can be used by healthcare providers to inform patients and coordinate care. By leveraging the power of NLP, ChatGPT can assist healthcare providers in delivering high-quality patient care, improving communication, and reducing the risk of errors or omissions in these summaries, since writing

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