How AI Is Transforming Healthcare

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the world as we know it, especially in the healthcare industry. With using AI in healthcare practices, doctors are able to save lives through better diagnosis and treatment and patients are able to take more control of their healthcare. Below we address the key ways AI is revolutionizing healthcare.

Advancing Diagnostics

Many offices and healthcare specialists are already implementing AI technology to analyze patient’s symptoms for faster, more accurate diagnoses. AI tools are useful in predicting and catching disease early on. Some imaging tools can even diagnose more accurately than humans,

AI technology is also beneficial when it comes to personalized treatment, as it’s easier to provide with time saved from automated tasks. By automating tasks that don’t need to be performed by humans, doctors can focus all of their time and efforts on patient-specific care. 

Improving Treatments

AI can improve treatment. For instance, brain-computer interfaces have been developed to potentially change lives by restoring the ability to speak and move. Likewise, this interface can also change lives for patients who have suffered grueling illnesses, such as strokes or ALS. 

Innovators have been also working to develop new machines to move forward with immunotherapy. These new technologies can help increase the retention rates of patients with immunotherapy, as well as personalizing the treatment to adhere to the patient’s specific needs.

Using AI has also led to breakthroughs in discovering new drugs and medicines for patient care. Artificial intelligence allows for faster and more cost effective discovery rates for medicine. These studies have the potential to save millions of lives and reframe patient treatment as we know it. 

Enhancing Patient Engagement

It’s important to note that AI is not just being used by doctors, but also by patients themselves. A great way for patients to incorporate AI into their daily lives is with wearable technology that is tailored to their specific needs. Examples of wearable technology patients are using include: fitness trackers and smart watches. These tools also gather data on individual health, leading to more insightful analysis. 

Doctors also prefer that patients have some sort of AI system with them to engage them in the care treatments. One of the leading reasons people don’t get better is because they fail to stick to their care plan. Without following doctor guidelines, patients aren’t in the best position to get better.

AI can also be used to create an online platform for patients. A platform that’s accessible at the patient’s fingertips allows them to get the medical advice they need quickly, as well as saving time for doctors and providers. 

Facilitating Administrative Processes

AI works hard to automate certain tasks that take up human resources and time more than necessary. Tasks that decrease productivity include: managing patient files, tracking medical history, and writing out prescriptions. With automation, healthcare officials are able to use the saved time towards actually working with the patient and ensuring as speedy of a recovery as possible. 

Automation can also help reduce the risk of errors in the medical field. Mistakes happen, but in the healthcare industry mistakes are ten times more costly than anywhere else. Sometimes a minor mistake can even cost a patient their life. Humans aren’t perfect and mistakes are inevitable, but AI reduces the risk.

Additionally, medical insurance companies can highly benefit from incorporating AI into their existing workflow. The amount of claims insurance companies receive are endless and many claims are actually marked as fraudulent. AI can alleviate the time needed to flag all of these claims by being able to pinpoint issues in a matter of seconds rather than hours.

 

Article by: 

Julia Morrissey

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