Patients appear open to the idea of using artificial intelligence (AI) to help in screening for skin cancer. However, many patients stress the need to preserve the patient-physician relationship if implemented, according to study results published in JAMA Dermatology.

“In dermatology, researchers are evaluating the potential of machine learning to classify skin lesions using images from standard and dermoscopic cameras,” the researchers wrote. “Artificial intelligence may significantly alter how patients engage in health care, and the medical literature in this field is rapidly expanding. … However, our current understanding of how patients perceive AI and its application to health care lacks clarity and depth.”