Opinion: ‘Deep medicine’ will help everyone, especially people like me with a rare disease

AI won't replace doctors but will free them up to operate at the apex of their professional mission: humanistic interactions and relationships with those in their care.

Two things I read recently gave me hope for the future of medicine and the future of people like me with rare or difficult-to-diagnose diseases.

One was the article “Calculation of a Primary Immunodeficiency ‘Risk Vital Sign’ via Population-Wide Analysis of Claims Data to Aid in Clinical Decision Support” in the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics. Not a sexy title, I know, but stick with me here. The other was Eric Topol’s newest book, “Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again.”

These two related works resonated with me because I have a rare disease called . In this mostly genetic disorder, protective antibodies are either seriously lacking or entirely absent, leaving individuals susceptible to all types of infections, many of which have the potential to become life-threatening. This dearth of antibodies also leads

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