How AI Can Save Lives in Healthcare
- Published 27th Feb 2019
Last edited 27th Feb 2019
Artificial intelligence could revolutionise the healthcare industry and become the most important development since Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. Here’s why.
AI has plenty of benefits, but one of the most obvious is the fact that it can process huge amounts of data at a pace that no human could keep up with. As we create more and more healthcare data, AI will be our only option when it comes to crunching the numbers and running analytics and simulations on population health data.
AI can save lives and improve the quality of care simply by freeing up physicians’ time. For example, US doctors currently spend more time updating health records than they do with their patients. AI, coupled with natural language processing, could simplify the process or even take over it completely, so that doctors can spend more time interacting with their patients.
Then there are clinical decision support systems, which aim to help doctors to make diagnoses and treatment recommendations through the smart use of artificial intelligence. Machines aren’t perfect, but neither are human beings. Bringing the two of them together reduces the chances of misdiagnoses and improves overall patient outcomes.
A Netflix of healthcare
In the future, we’re likely to see something similar to a Netflix of healthcare. In the same way that Netflix uses machine learning to make recommendations based on what other, similar users have enjoyed, next generation healthcare systems could make super specific treatment recommendations based on what’s worked for other, similar patients.
On top of that, AI could help to tailor dosages for different patients, especially when coupled with 3D printing technology, which is already able to print custom drugs. In fact, artificial intelligence is going to change the healthcare industry across the board, and what we’ve touched upon today is just the beginning. There’s a bright future ahead of us.