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Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

We are surrounded by artificial intelligence (AI) and we may not even know it. The tasks which were once reserved for humans are now been taken over by machines. In this blog, we would glance as for how artificial intelligence would soon be that prominent transformative technology which would change human lives.

One of Britain’s pre-eminent scientists, Professor Stephen Hawking quoted to BBC – “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” He said that the primitive forms of artificial intelligence developed till date has proved a boon but he fears the consequences of making something that can surpass or match human-beings.

Artificial intelligence revolution has unimaginable potential, to transform wide-ranging areas which were unimaginable earlier. In coming years AI would revolutionize every aspect of our life, including medicine. Tech giants like Google, IBM are strongly working towards patient data mining which proves that there is something in this field worth giving time. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb during the Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C. said: “AI holds enormous promise for the future of medicine”.

Healthcare sector would soon be taken over by artificial intelligence, for its betterment. This advanced technology would help medical professionals to research best design and methods to treat every patient. AI would improve the patient experience at large. The recent advisory report quoted, “Artificial intelligence works best when paired with humans.” The main objective is to use AI for creating competencies across the gamut which would not only support staff in their respective roles but would also free caregivers, clinicians and other staff so that they can focus more on much required value-added activities.

According to one of the analyses conducted by Accenture, by 2021 the growth in the AI health market is expected to reach $6.6 billion—that’s a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent. In just coming five years the health AI market will grow more than 10×2.

Some of the below point to explain how this technology (AI) is used in the healthcare sector:

Workforce – Amidst increasing labor shortage in healthcare, artificial intelligence offers a great way to fill the gaps. AI has the power to relieve the burden on clinicians and provide workers tools to perform their jobs better.

Supports Insurance Verification – Insurance coverage information, for the doctor’s office, is digitally verified so as to reduce manual calls required to ensure that all the required patient’s information is perfect and valid.

AI Chat Bots – AI chat bots can easily take up the role of an office assistant by automating many required tasks. With faster search operations, it can support recommendations 20% faster than performing a manual search.

Optimize Supply Chain – Employee queries can be quickly replied to by AI with many days on spare. Also, AI can track unused material supplies to minimize excess inventory. This can save a lot of time for the clinical staff and automate future delivery and order.

Automating Financial Process – Artificial intelligence can enhance the payment process, helps in creating invoice and vendor patterns, detects payment and automation of payment for an approved invoice and save a lot of time.

Supports and Expanding Self-Service – Healthcare employees who don’t have access to computer systems like lab technicians, for them AI is an accurate and quick way to empower cross-functional self-service.

Boosting Cybersecurity – Immense data workflow of IT professionals can be solved by AI and machine learning. Thus critical patient information can be safeguarded.

Optimizing a Restful Environment – Key to patient satisfaction and better outcomes is a perfect healing hospital experience for a patient. When AI is preferred to maintain and manage hospital equipment can help the staff with much needed medical insights. It can also schedule regular maintenance, fixing issues before they erupt. It can also eradicate the common source of noise before they become big chronic problems.

Reach Care – By integrating health data across platforms, Artificial intelligence can magnify care reach. Various data sources are required to be connected to the smooth patient experience.

The above mentioned points are the major contributors to not only the patient to heal, recover and get the restful sleep but also boosting their satisfaction score which can affect hospital’s reimbursement levels.

Healthcare sector has just started to unlock the potential of AI; there are many possibilities to benefit in the near future. As of now, impressive results are being gained by staff and other supporting caregivers to help them work in smarter and better manner.

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