AI can assist in the improvement of patient care results, access to the healthcare industry, and patient experience. It aids in improving the efficiency and productivity of care delivery and allows physicians and medical practitioners to spend more time directly caring for patients without becoming burnt out. The digital-first approach to healthcare has acquired a lot of traction, thanks to AI and machine learning. Furthermore, the pandemic’s very nature has increased AI investment in healthcare. The Mount Sinai Health System, for example, uses artificial intelligence (AI) in conjunction with clinical data and imaging to examine COVID-19 patients. Another example is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1 (CDC), which has an AI-driven bot for effective coronavirus infection detection on their website.
Let’s look at a few critical AI applications in healthcare, with spending on AI in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries predicted to rise from $463 million in 2019 to over $2 billion by 20252.
Chatbots, powered by artificial intelligence, have the potential to improve primary care and triage. Chatbots provide immediate conversational responses, making it simple for patients to connect. They can save money by avoiding unnecessary visits to the doctor. Chatbots can even help healthcare providers exceed patients’ expectations while improving patient outcomes if they are used correctly. Chatbots empower patients to contribute their health information proactively as they embrace an all-in-one communication approach, allowing medical practitioners to improve patient care quality, save expenses, and increase patient happiness.
As a result, artificial intelligence (AI) provides smooth primary care flow and automation, allowing doctors to focus on more essential and horrific patients. Furthermore, AI solutions in the healthcare industry are becoming more humanized. Healthcare providers may easily create and deploy digital-human personnel thanks to human digital platforms that integrate with IBM, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. As a result, hospitals might use digital humans as health aides to provide compassionate, round-the-clock patient assistance.
In surgery, AI technology in the form of collaborating robots has ushered in a revolution. The process can be viewed in terms of speed and depth when making fine incisions. In general, the outcome of surgery, particularly new or sophisticated, can vary depending on the surgeon’s abilities. AI can reduce case-to-case variances while also increasing the efficiency of even the most experienced surgeons. Because artificial intelligence (AI) devices are so accurate, they reduce the chances of shudders or other unintentional movements during surgery.
For example, AI-controlled robots can provide three-dimensional magnification for articulation while executing basic actions of precision cutting and sewing with more precision and downsizing. Surgeons at Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands used AI-assisted robotics to suture exceedingly small blood arteries with diameters ranging from.03 to.08 mm. Furthermore, AI computers can use data from previous operations to develop new surgical techniques.
Virtual Nursing Assistants
The healthcare industry could save $20 billion per year by using virtual nursing assistants to connect with patients and direct them to the most effective and delicate care environment. Using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, virtual nursing assistants are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can keep an eye on patients, respond to their inquiries, and provide real-time responses. Virtual nursing assistants are now used in most programmes that allow healthcare providers and patients to communicate regularly and consistently. There are lower odds of unnecessary hospital trips or hospital readmission if this happens between patients’ office appointments with their doctors.
Patients benefit from personalized experiences provided by AI-powered virtual assistants, which support them in detecting their sickness based on symptoms and organizing doctor appointments and monitoring their health condition. A virtual nurse assistant will accompany you throughout the treatment process. Care Angel, the world’s first virtual nurse assistant, can conduct wellness checks using artificial intelligence and voice commands. This AI tool could improve patient participation and self-management skills to prevent severe illnesses from worsening.
One of the most valuable instances of artificial intelligence (AI) in the healthcare industry is precision medicine. Its foundation is built on massive volumes of data obtained from various disruptive technical developments, including low-cost genome sequencing, advanced biotechnology, and patient-worn health sensors. Precision medicine, remember, relies on powerful supercomputing techniques and deep learning. As a result, it employs physicians’ cognitive powers on a new level.
Intel created a deep learning system in collaboration with Scripps Research Institute in California, USA. With an accuracy of 85 per cent, it was able to identify 23 patients with a high risk of cardiovascular disease who were previously undiagnosed by traditional statistical methods. In addition, Google DeepMind and IBM Watson are well-known for mining medical records. The goal is to develop a cognitive assistant with a wide variety of clinical knowledge, reasoning, and analytical ability.
The market for artificial intelligence in the healthcare industry is expected to rise from $4.9 billion in 2020 to $45.2 billion in 2026. This phenomenal rise highlights the importance of healthcare organizations embracing artificial intelligence to provide cutting-edge healthcare solutions to their clients. Institutions should collaborate with healthcare technology partners who can help strategize on making the proper artificial intelligence (AI) investments and educate you with industry experience, allowing your organization to create value for tomorrow’s consumers.