The challenges of tomorrow's medicine

New technologies are increasingly being used in human health and medicine. They support care and are also increasingly used as diagnostic aids. From the point of view of many specialists, advances in new technologies in general and artificial intelligence in particular will enable machines to make more accurate and reliable diagnoses than, for example, the specialist doctor. Faced with this observation and considering that patients will always need human follow-up, the University of Fribourg is certain that family doctors will have an essential role to play. What role? What skills will they need?

In the context of the creation of the new Master in Family Medicine at the University of Fribourg, the Foundation wishes to create an interdisciplinary research group to study these questions. If technology is likely to make a more precise diagnosis than a specialist doctor, nothing can replace the doctor, which is responsible for making the link between the diagnosis and the patient. And while technological innovations will certainly make it possible to improve care, nothing can replace patient support in the follow-up of care. Anticipating these questions also means revaluing family medicine, as well as anticipating and accompanying the paradigm changes that will take place in this field.