LGMD Outreach and Assistance with Artificial Intelligence (AI)



Poster Number: V413


William Lowery MD, MD, LGMD-1D DNAJB6 Foundation

Title: LGMD Outreach and Assistance with Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Author: William Lowery, MD
The utilization of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare has marked a significant advancement in diagnosing and managing various conditions, including Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD). The development of the ChatGPT-based platform, LGMD Assistant 3.0, represents a groundbreaking tool in this arena. Accessible at LGMD Assistant 3.0, this AI system offers an unparalleled resource for individuals seeking in-depth information about LGMD, particularly in the context of genetic variations and locating specialized neuromuscular clinics.
LGMD Assistant 3.0 stands out with its capacity to deliver detailed, gene-specific information about various LGMD types, supporting patients, families, and healthcare providers in understanding the genetic underpinnings of this diverse group of disorders. By acknowledging specific genetic variants, such as DNAJB6, DYSF, CAPN3, ANO5, etc., the system provides tailored insights into the pathophysiology, prognosis, and potential therapeutic approaches relevant to each LGMD subtype.
Furthermore, the platform addresses a critical need in the LGMD community – access to specialized care. It efficiently guides users to Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) clinics within their state, offering a list of at least four clinics, including addresses and phone numbers. This feature significantly eases the often challenging process of finding specialized neuromuscular care, thereby expediting diagnosis and management.
In addition, LGMD Assistant 3.0 serves as a gateway to broader resources, directing users to foundational websites like www.lgmd1d.org, which offers comprehensive information on LGMD1D. It also includes links to no-charge genetic testing programs, essential for many families facing the financial burden of rare genetic disorders.
The integration of AI in LGMD care, exemplified by LGMD Assistant 3.0, not only enhances diagnostic accuracy and speeds up the referral process to specialized clinics but also empowers patients and caregivers with accessible, reliable, and personalized information. This innovative use of technology is a significant stride forward in the field of neuromuscular disorders, offering hope and support to those affected by LGMD and setting a precedent for the future role of AI in rare disease management.