Artificial intelligence has always featured heavily in Hollywood’s depictions of our future. Specifically, we are often confronted with futuristic settings complete with sentient robotic surgical assistants and holographic doctors on starships.
These are all very tantalizing concepts, but what does the future of medicine look like? How heavily can AI really feature in the future of medicine? In this article, we explore a few key ways artificial intelligence is changing the way we practice medicine and how it might continue to change.
What is AI
First off, we need to establish an understanding of what AI is and what it does. Artificial intelligence uses technological advancements to equip computers with the capacity to learn. Computers imbued with artificial intelligence are able to not only ‘learn’ new knowledge but also are able to reason by applied logic.
Sufficient innovation and implementation of AI in the medical field could relieve the pressure on medical personnel and increase the global reach of primary medical care. This would go the distance in bridging the gap between healthcare in first-world and third-world countries. That’s the dream in any case.
How AI Can Change the Medical Field
With artificial intelligence, cancer can already be detected earlier and in its more easily treatable stages. In the United States, an estimated one in five mammograms gives false results, resulting in one in two women being informed they have cancer. AI enables mammograms to be reviewed and interpreted 30 times faster and with 99% accuracy, resulting in fewer biopsies.
Several wearable medical devices, combined with artificial intelligence, are now being used to diagnose and treat the early stages of heart disease, allowing doctors to monitor and detect potentially life-threatening episodes earlier. This also extends into other medical conditions, such as people living with a weak immune system. Early detection means getting treatment options and lifestyle solutions early enough for it to make a real difference.
Overall Better Health
Artificial intelligence may reduce the need for doctors by helping people stay healthy. The application of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) to consumer health is already improving outcomes. Apps and technology can help individuals adopt healthier habits and manage their lifestyles in a proactive manner. They help consumers take charge of their health and happiness.
Furthermore, AI technology has significantly improved the ability of healthcare professionals to develop a better understanding of their patients’ daily lives, giving them the capability of providing better guidance, feedback, and support to stay healthy.
Intelligent Decision Making
Predictive analytics can support clinical decision-making and prioritize administrative tasks to improve care by aligning big data with appropriate and timely decisions. As AI takes hold in healthcare, it will become increasingly helpful in identifying patients at risk of developing or experiencing a specific condition due to their lifestyle, environment, or genomics.
Medical technological advancements are among the most essential innovations. To extend the reach of healthcare in terms of research, implementation, and access is integral to a healthier global society.