Transforming Healthcare and the Way Hospitals Function
Artificial intelligence (AI) has huge potential to simplify the function especially in the realm of hospitals and healthcare organizations due to its complex operational nature. Although AI has a far-reaching and positive impact on the healthcare industry yet, there is no denying of the fact that data privacy is still a concern when it comes to leveraging AI in the healthcare domain.
Let’s now concentrate on the areas where healthcare has benefitted due to the involvement of AI.
Management and compilation of medical records: Managing, compiling and analyzing medical records form the basis of the healthcare industry. Manual data management is not only cumbersome but also involves the risk of encountering an error while processing it. AI in the form of automation makes the process seamless and error-free. Hence, referring to medical records while diagnosing a patient becomes a cakewalk.
Doing regular and mundane tasks: AI has enhanced both capability and efficiency of the process of recording test results, data related to x-rays and CT scans. Since the data related to cardiology and radiology is immense hence, the involvement of AI in this respect improved the process in respect of time and accuracy.
Framing of treatment procedure: AI has enabled the healthcare industry to customize a patient’s treatment based on test results and clinical expertise. With the help of AI, a doctor can now design treatment best suited for individual patients. Also, a form of digital consultation is achieved with the help of AI, symptoms can be compared with possible medical conditions to detect and diagnose faster. For example, AI can detect cancer and vascular diseases at an early stage based on genetics.
Also, there are certain administrative tasks associated with treatment in healthcare organizations. Such administrative work when processed with the help of AI can ease the process of hospitalization.
Virtual nurses to monitor the patient’s condition: Hospitals are increasingly adopting AI to monitor critical patients in ICU. Also, the concept of the virtual nurse is effective, especially in treatment follow-ups. In this regard, certain chatbots and apps cater to provide the basic information related to medication and symptoms. For example, certain apps can monitor patient’s medication through alerts. This is useful for patients with critical ailment or participants under clinical trials.
Research and development: The invention of new medicines through a clinical trial is both expensive and time taking. Hence, organizations are adopting AI in the process of research and development. Such a process powered by AI can both enhance the speed and reduce the cost of research for inventing a medicine.
Personalized health monitoring: wearable health trackers powered by AI can effectively monitor vitals and send alerts to the individual’s doctor or healthcare advisor accordingly for the welfare of the individual. Such health monitoring devices also improve the lifestyle of an individual thus, impacting overall wellbeing.
Surgery powered by AI: There is an increase in the adoption of the number of surgeries powered by AI. Such surgeries are preferred due to their minimally invasive nature. Hence, patients can heal faster.
Advances in radiology: Image analysis has become less time-consuming and accurate with the help of AI. AI considerably improved the next generation radiology tools. Hence, dependence upon tissue samples will reduce. Thus, the time taken for tissue culture to detect cancer will reduce which will enhance life expectancy for critically ill patients.
Transforming healthcare perspective
We can conclude that in a complex world of healthcare, AI can prove useful in healthcare service, diagnosis, analysis of data and genetic information. As Robert Urich says, “A healthy outside starts from the inside”, thus, AI is adopted through wearable trackers with a lot of hope to inculcate healthy living among individuals to reduce the need for cure altogether.
- Kathakali Basu