Artificial intelligence or shorter AI, is intelligence demonstrated by a machine. So humans or animals are not needed to get an outcome out of the machine. So how is this going to change health care. lets start with predictive health. AI can analyze patterns in electronic medical records to identify potential health risks and prevent future problems. For example, AI can predict the likelihood of a patient developing a certain condition and alert doctors to take preventive measures. So if some diseases together are known predictors for other diseases, AI will alert the doctor.
AI will improve diagnostic accuracy
But AI can also help with improving diagnostic accuracy. AI can analyze vast amounts of data, such as medical records and imaging scans, to help doctors make more accurate diagnoses. AI is already in a test stage with radiology. During this test stage, they fill a computer with a lot of images and data and let the computer, so the AI determines where a fracture is localized. The first findings of this test show good results. Overall, AI can lead to earlier detection of diseases, finding fractures and tumors, and more effective treatment plans.
AI in surgery
Another modality where AI can assist is during surgery: AI can assist surgeons by providing real-time guidance during procedures. For example, some surgeons use AI to generate 3D models of a patient’s anatomy, which can help them plan and execute complex surgeries with greater precision. You can already imagine that not every heart is the same, if the surgeon knows how the heart looks in 3D prior to entering the body, it can help them to perform the surgery more efficiently.
AI will streamline processes
The next modality where AI can help healthcare is by streamlining healthcare processes. AI can automate routine tasks, such as scheduling appointments and processing insurance claims, freeing up time for healthcare providers to focus on patient care. And if a doctor or nurse gets more time with you, there are probably going to be fewer human errors. Plus, if all of those processes are taking up less time, healthcare could become less expensive.
AI will develop medicines for us
The last aspect where AI can help is with enhancing drug development. AI can analyze data from clinical trials and genetic information to help pharmaceutical companies identify potential new drugs and predict their effectiveness. AI can for instance help with unraveling the DNA of a person to find the problem for their disease. If they understand what fault in the DNA is causing the patients symptoms, they can probably find a drug for it.
What if it goes wrong?
But there is also a downside to AI. What if something is going wrong? Who is it to blame? Is it the doctor who brings the news generated by the computer. Or is it the computer with the AI software. This will bring up some questions about when AI is more intertwined with healthcare. And these will be hard questions to answer, ethically wise. What do you think?
AI has its challenges
But overall, AI has the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery significantly. While there are still challenges to overcome, such as ensuring the accuracy, reliability and faults of AI systems, the future of healthcare looks bright with the help of artificial intelligence.