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Eddy: the First AI Chatbot to Provide Help for Erectile Dysfunction

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[March 2, 2024 – San Jose,  CA] – Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects 35 million men in the United States alone. Millions of these men don’t obtain proper treatment, because – as studies show – they are too embarrassed to talk to their doctor about their condition. Instead, they often turn to the Internet for information on the causes and treatment of ED.

The Internet is filled with misinformation, and websites selling worthless remedies for erectile dysfunction.  Based on this misinformation, men waste their money on supposed cures, and do not get medical treatment that could actually help their condition.

AI “chatbot” technology seems like an ideal solution to this problem. Men could consult a chatbot without embarrassment, and ask questions pertaining to their condition. Researchers are currently investigating the feasibility of using chatbots to provide answers to questions about erectile dysfunction and other health conditions.

A 2023 study1 assessing ChatGPT’s ability to answer questions about erectile dysfunction concluded that “ChatGPT demonstrated good accuracy and reproducibility in questions pertaining to epidemiology of disease, risks of treatment, and patient counseling.  [However] its responses specifically on treatment were often very superficial and, at times, negated to mention certain nuances of treatment.”

A 20242 study of the quality of erectile dysfunction information from AI chatbots found that, “The high quality of information and lack of misinformation on ED from AI chatbots contract with previous studies showing the prevalence of misinformation about ED on social media platforms. […] However, AI chatbots have limitations in the understandability, actionability, and readability of their content for average healthcare consumers.”

A test conducted in 20233 found that ChatGPT returned inaccurate responses to questions about erectile dysfunction about 30% of the time.

In short, AI chatbots show great promise in answering questions about AI dysfunction, but do not at present yield consistently accurate and actionable information.  This is not surprising, since general AI chatbots are trained using information found on the Internet.

Eddy™, an interactive chatbot developed by the ED Treatment Information Center.  Eddy was trained using carefully selected material from the Center’s website (EDtreatment.info) and from other carefully selected, authoritative source.

To consult Eddy, visit:  edtreatment.info/eddy-the-ed-chatbot  

Eddy is the first chatbot developed specifically to answer questions about erectile dysfunction and related conditions. The chatbot is designed for educational and informational purposes. Men are still strongly advised to talk to their doctor.  However, Eddy may help men to avoid treatments that don’t work, and help them to understand  legitimate treatment options.

Eddy was created using Chatbit, a cloud-based platform for developing and deploying chatbots.




References

  1. Razdan, Shirin; Siegal, Alexandra R; Brewer, Yukiko; Sljivich, Michaela; Valenzuela, Robert J. “Assessing ChatGPT’s ability to answer questions pertaining to erectile dysfunction: can our patients trust it?” International Journal of Impotence Research. November 2023.
    <https://www.nature.com/articles/s41443-023-00797-z>
  2. Pan, Alexander; Musheyev, David; Loeb, Stacy; Kabarriti, Abdo E. “Quality of erectile dysfunction information from ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence chatbots.” BJU International. February 2024;133(2):152-154.
    <https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37997563/>
  3. Channa, Leelakrishna; Staff, Ilene; McLaughlin, Tara; Bieniek, Jared. “Dr. ChatGPT: Correlation Between a Novel AI Chatbot and AUA Male Sexual Dysfunction Guidelines.” New England Section of the American Urological Association, 92nd Annual Meeting. September 2023.
    https://meeting.neaua.org/program/2023/P9.cgi>

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