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Is ChatGPT the WebMD Killer?

I hurt my knee about a week ago (I'm ok!) and then realized that instead of googling what to do - which is what I'm used to be doing - I can ask ChatGPT for advice.

Using the method I detailed in my previous blogpost - I first detailed my situation and asked ChatGPT what he needs to know in order to give me the best advice in my situation - ChatGPT sent me bullet points on what he needs to know, and in turn I answered. Once he got his answers, he gave me advice on what to do and if I should seek immediate care or not.

This is the sort of research you would do at google usually - searching various sites for the right answer for a specific situation - will probably be some sort of mish mash of a few websites, reddit posts and old forums. ChatGPT is just cutting the time it would take to sift through all of that information.

What was also amazing was the fact that the chats are saved - so after following its initial advice, I had more thoughts and questions and worries, I asked ChatGPT and it gave me an answer that includes references to what I told him before. For example, my knee changed colors so I told ChatGPT and he said it was normal for this type of injury.

Obviously, if my knee was broken I wouldn't be able to walk and the pain would've been unbearable so I would go see a doctor (as ChatGPT suggested lol). But in my case it was just the type of thing that you'd write on google and scroll WebMD for images and symptoms.

Eventually, I did see a doctor - the doctor gave me the same diagnosis ChatGPT did, but also suggested I do a tetanus vaccine - I confronted ChatGPT about not telling me that but he in turn said that I did not mention skin was broken...

So no, I don't think ChatGPT will kill doctors anytime soon, but will it kill WebMD and googling for medical symptoms? It's definitely much better, as it gives actual advice for your specific case, which is a game changer in my opinion.


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