11 Dec AI in the Healthcare landscape makes for a bright future for patients
AI, or artificial intelligence, is growing at an incredible rate in many areas and its uses in the healthcare field are numerous and far reaching. Advances in AI can allow for more efficient administration, reduce the instances of wasteful spending and fraud, make diagnosis more efficient by using existing patient data to recognize patterns and make useful predictions, save money through streamlining processes, and pair with other existing technologies to make diagnostics and imaging a smoother process. AI can also improve in-home patient care, making it much easier to check on the health and safety of those that need care, but do not necessarily need to be in the hospital.
Advanced tech used in the administration process can allow for workflows to be fine-tuned and an overall productivity increase in the areas of billing, scheduling and operations. Examples of AI creating a more efficient process for booking patients and reducing the amount of time wasted by patients that do not keep appointments are already emerging as promising examples of how AI will improve the healthcare landscape. AI can also be used to search existing data for areas that can be tweaked to make for improved patient flow through doctor’s offices and hospitals, saving time and money on staffing and other areas of inefficiency.
Fraud and wasteful spending can be a problem in the healthcare industry and through the use of information technology, tracking can be better utilized and made quicker and more intelligent for stopping these abuses. AI can also be used to identify employees that may be at a greater risk of stealing drugs from hospitals and doctors’ offices.
Another healthcare field use for AI is as a diagnostic tool to make predictions on health issues such as allergic reactions to certain drugs and stimuli. Artificial intelligence can also be used to read all the different test results for a patient and determine the possible diseases and conditions that may be overlooked by a busy doctor or nurse. AI is useful for catching indicators and signs that a human reviewer may miss or not even consider as part of the symptoms. Since AI can manage and maintain immeasurable amounts of data, patterns can be detected, and predictions made to enhance the ability of doctors to properly and quickly diagnose patients.
In-home patient care can be improved through the use of such AI tech as wearable devices and home sensors. Allowing a patient to be cared for at home also reduces the instances of exposure to other illnesses found in hospitals and doctors’ offices.
AI has come so far and has already improved the healthcare field in many ways. New programs and technologies are being developed all the time. The future of AI and its uses in the medical world are many. Check out this article from youngupstarts for more information on this fascinating topic.