HOSPITALS WILL BEGIN EMBRACING NEW AI TECHNOLOGY
The chief executive of the NHS in the UK has recently stated that hospitals will receive compensation for adopting new AI technology. This is a part of a nationwide effort to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of healthcare for patients. It has been stated before that AI will eventually replace doctors but for now they can work alongside clinicians to improve performance.
For instance, many situations require more than one doctor to evaluate blood work or MRIs or cancer screenings. AI has been proven to increase efficiency in areas such as these effectively cutting down patient wait times. Not to mention AI has demonstrated an ability to aid in the diagnosis of a wide array of diseases with more accuracy than their human counterparts.
With all that data it is no surprise that AI is rapidly changing the healthcare industry.
AI INVADES THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
Over the last decade or so AI has invaded the healthcare industry. There are many tools that track your health that rely on AI. There are bots that act as symptom checkers that aid doctors in making diagnoses. A bot called Florence exists that reminds patients to take their medication and is supposed to motivate them to adhere to their regimens. There is also a slack bot called HealthyBot that is aimed at helping you have a healthier and happier workday.
There are many more examples. The fact of the matter is this needed to happen. The healthcare industry as a whole began moving away from actually helping their patients perform at their best. The aim nowadays seems to be keeping their patients “normal”. When you consider the fact that the “normal” of today is actually quite unhealthy it becomes clear that an overhaul is needed. The NHS in the UK is the first entity to push hospitals to adopt AI. Other countries around the world will soon follow suit and eventually human doctors will be replaced completely because they can’t keep up with the latest research in a fast moving healthcare landscape.
A 3 year old survey by PwC shows people have been warming up to the idea of AI in healthcare.
HEALTHCARE AROUND THE WORLD IS OUTDATED
Part of the reason why the UK is making this push is because they acknowledge that the model of care is similar to the 1948 model. They don’t use AI much in healthcare and it is clear they should. The idea is to adopt AI without causing funding issues like what happened earlier in the year with Babylon. They rolled out an AI powered healthcare service called GP at Hand and suffered from a funding gap in excess of 21 million Euros.
As time goes on and this technology becomes cheaper smoother transitions will be possible. As a result more people around the world will have access to quality healthcare as costs are driven down. People will be healthier in general as AI doctors will be able to do far more in the way of helping patients perform at their best. We will no longer have a system that merely aims to prescribe as many pills as possible to receive kickbacks from the drug manufacturers. There are major changes in store for the healthcare industry in the coming decades.