Three Ways AI Will Influence the Future of Medicine
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a hot topic on the lips of entrepreneurs in any industry. How AI will influence the way we make cars, order at a restaurant and drive to work are all up for debate – but how will AI influence the future of medicine?
Will we have robots taking blood samples and leading surgery? Or does the thought of a system update midway through thoracic surgery seem too scary to consider? Here are some founded predictions…
1. AI will Cut Medical Mistakes
The good work that physicians and nurses do can easily be overshadowed by one headline or one mistake. Working under immense pressure and for long periods can lead to memory lapses and mistakes, especially when these professionals are overworked.
Although the industry and patients themselves may be reluctant to let AI machinery carry out procedures, AI could be the go-to resource that can provide factual information from medical records and journals. When a doctor is unsure of themselves, they could turn to their AI assistants to check information and save time. This would also save time for nurses who are stretched as well.
2. Digital Consultations
In a world where Londoners would prefer a short commute to work over sex and average working hours have surged, it's no surprise that we don't have the time for the other of life's needs. Visiting the doctor often gets put to the bottom of the to-do list in the hope that the body will fix itself. Well, AI may just be changing the game.
Soon, it may be possible to have a digital consultation with an AI doctor. A robot with access to factual information and your medical records that could diagnose your condition and even prescribe medication or make referrals. This may be done from the comfort of home or in a doctor's office. Either way, it could reduce the stress placed on current healthcare systems.
3. Healthier Cybersecurity
Not so long ago, the NHS in the UK was victim to a costly cyberattack. The attack caused widespread disruption to professionals and patients, but it also cost the NHS a whopping £92 million. The presence of machinery in hospitals is evident and crucial to day-to-day operations. Many of these machines are connected to the internet and susceptible to hacks and security breaches.
To keep patients and their data secure, AI could provide another layer of defence against those trying to compromise healthcare. It could achieve this by learning abnormal trends and identifying pending cyberattacks before they take place - and it would give new storylines to our favourite medical dramas.
Could AI Completely Replace Doctors?
Despite the technology being promising for everyone involved, there are naturally some concerns about handing over big responsibilities to AI. It is likely that for these reasons, AI will never replace doctors and human input will always be needed when treating people for serious or life-threatening conditions.