Blog: The Interconnected Web of AI and Healthcare
With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), a lot of job sectors have been impacted negatively, with jobs being cut. However, I believe the integration of AI into healthcare can keep jobs while improving the healthcare system. I believe the integration will positively transform our healthcare system. Continue reading to find out more on I believe patient care will be transformed.
More Accurate Diagnoses
Diagnoses are the first step in obtaining a potentially life-saving treatment. In the modern world, doctors provide these diagnoses. However, like all humans, doctors make mistakes. These mistakes result in 12 million people being misdiagnosed each year, according to an NBC News article. That’s only in the U.S, meaning there are a lot more people misdiagnosed around the world. If patients don’t get the correct diagnoses, it’s possible that they’ll spend a great deal of time on the wrong treatment, potentially leading them to consequences such as continuing illness, or in some cases, death. We can’t let people make mistakes at the cost of human life. Therefore, we need to integrate AI in healthcare to help generate more accurate diagnoses. An article published by Tech Wire Asia states that in a medical competition, an AI called BioMind was able to diagnose brain tumors with an 87% accuracy, in 15 minutes. On the other hand, doctors were only able to achieve an accuracy rate of 66% in 30 minutes. Accurate diagnoses generated by AI are the key to accessing life-saving treatments and will save many lives annually.
Precision During Medical Procedures
Not only does AI demonstrate greater accuracy when providing diagnoses, but it’s extremely precise during medical procedures as well. It’s able to be more precise with tiny incisions, resulting in less invasive surgeries. For instance, there’s a robotic system being used called da Vinci, which allows doctors to use a controller to move robotic arms. These robotic arms can create tiny incisions in surgeries, eliminating the need for larger incisions where they’re not necessary. Another bonus of systems like this is that they can get the procedure done in less time than a surgeon. This is because the machines don’t hesitate before they make an incision as a surgeon might.
The da Vinci system isn’t an innovation with AI behind it, as it’s still being controlled by a doctor. However, with advances in Computer Vision (a branch of AI that allows computers to have vision), this system could be adapted to perform the medical procedure by itself, allowing the doctor to be a supervisor of the AI. Even with tech like AI, rare mistakes can still be made. Doctors are still needed because if there’s an emergency, they’ll need to take over. With the integration of AI into healthcare, there’ll be less invasive surgeries that’ll take less time than present operations.
A More Personalized Approach
Furthermore, AI, combined with IoMT (the Internet of Medical Things) can provide a more personalized approach to healthcare. This can be done with the various wearables we have today, such as the Fitbit and other medical wearables. These devices contain information regarding the patient’s lifestyle, which can be an important factor when providing treatments for patients. If we take the information from wearables (which use IoMT) and put that data into neural networks made using AI, we can analyze the data to see which treatment is best for the diagnoses the patient receives. These devices also promote a healthy lifestyle, which is one way they’re already helping patients.
In order to better the healthcare system, AI should be integrated into healthcare. It’s more accurate when making diagnoses, and more precise with medical procedures than its physician counterparts. It also has the potential to decrease medical costs by millions. The world is advancing at a rapid pace, and AI is being integrated into a multitude of other fields. It’s leaving humans in the dust in terms of how efficiently and effectively it can complete tasks. Therefore, we can’t leave the most important field, the one responsible for protecting human life, to error-prone beings to handle.