It is said that healthcare is an industry that moves slowly, but that doesn’t have to be the case. With advancements in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, the healthcare industry has the opportunity to move forward, without foregoing the empathetic and special care provided by physicians.
Not only does it begin with the simple task of implementing technology into healthcare through programs like telemedicine, which allows the patients to have greater control and flexibility over their health from anywhere in the world, but with implementing stronger AI programs across the industry. AI and machines can help process the more mundane tasks and allow physicians to practice where it matters. While AI integration is a slow-moving process with only 20% of physicians saying AI has changed the way they practice, almost 70% believe that AI-powered software will help them in the future.
The goal is not to replace doctors, but to help them. A whopping 94% of doctors believe that AI and machines won’t be able to replace them. Empathetic care is one of the core hallmarks of any physician, which won’t be replicated by an AI in the near future, but AI possibilities don’t begin and end there. AI and machine learning can instead focus on the more mundane and menial tasks that fall to those outside of direct patient interaction. A radiologist is one example who may benefit the most from AI software integration into their workplace. They provide details on patient scans, and with the help of an AI, whose sole purpose is to study and analyze the scans from MRI or CT machines, their work will become a lot more efficient. AI may even be able to analyze the progression of a disease, and with the help of radiologists and physicians, together they can make a decision on treatment.
Artificial Intelligence may be unnerving to many, especially those who are older, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead, as the field progresses, AI and machine integration into the healthcare industry can make the lives of physicians, radiologists, pathologists, and the like much easier. In fact, the effects of AI may already be seen, and healthcare is on the way.