ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND ITS ROLE IN HEALTHCARE
Something that all human beings have experienced is illness. From a common cold to severe illness, Artificial Intelligence can change the way we recover.
Several hospitals in the United States and Europe have begun using artificial intelligence to assist patients who must stay hospitalized.
The use of this type of tools allows hospitalized patients to request periodic check-ups on the status of their recovery. Requests ranging from the position of the bed, the temperature of the room, and the volume of the television among other requests.
Although minor, these requests can be answered by artificial intelligence and adapted to the best practices of convalescence, and then customize the experience for the patient, thus achieving the best levels of comfort and safety for their recovery.
This frees doctors and nurses from performing these minimal tasks and allows them to focus on addressing the more delicate aspects of a convalescence, which means hospitalizations last 30% less in hospitals where these types of technologies are used on an experimental basis.
The use of an Artificial Intelligence that understands and contextualizes the patients’ requests and makes the necessary adjustments seem to have a considerable incidence in the time that a patient lasts in bed and increases the free time for doctors and nurses to attend a greater number of Patients in the critical phases of their recovery.
This is just one aspect of Artificial Intelligence being used in the Healthcare industry. On the other side, efficient systems have been developed that connect patients with the doctors and other health care professionals on the go. These systems are largely known as the Patient Management System that help patients schedule their appointment using their digital devices. With that, they can receive timely notifications regarding their due tests, collection of reports, visit to the doctor and nonetheless time for the intake of medicine etc.
Another emerging case where Artificial Intelligence is employed is the storage of patients’ reports. There are many cloud solutions available that keep all the medical records of patients not just in the form of text, but videos, and images too. This central storage of reports keeps the mammoth data sets that not only helps doctors in their treatment but also assists researchers in carrying out valuable researches for the well-being of patients. To summarize, there are four areas in which the application of IA techniques produces a beneficial revolution in health systems:
- Management of the population to be identified.
- Optimization and improvement in the management of health systems.
- Enhance self-care of patients.
- Creation of assistance systems for care decision.
Many benefits for millions of patients
The potential benefits of applying AI in health are enormous: improved treatments and diagnoses in many specialties (such as the much studied oncology), fetal monitoring, identification of risks in mixed medication administration, prediction of Readmissions, etc.
Real-time information analysis is very important for certain diseases like diabetes and the control that must be done for blood sugar levels. Having information of the levels in real time allows to optimize the doses of the treatment daily and not to wait for the programmed visits to realize the measurement taking into account that this measurement can be affected by external factors. This real-time analysis can help improve communication between healthcare organizations and patients. On many occasions, patients also need changes in their daily behaviors and AI can help motivate patients to make these changes.
As Artificial Intelligence has so many benefits, it is now time for the healthcare industry to opt for it in the best ways be it medical apps or management systems, hospitals should employ Artificial Intelligence in their operations.