Across the globe, healthcare professionals are always overworked with most of their time spent on administrative tasks. Fatigue causes human errors and you might had the luck, or not, to come across a medical professional who gave you the wrong diagnosis or medication.
Artificial intelligence aims to relieve the burden of admin work and aid in decision making for doctors. Some hospitals have already begun using robots and computer systems to transport meals, bedsheets and specimens with their own robotic underground transport systems.
Automatic drug dispensers are improving patients’ safety by eliminating the human error of overdosing. While robotic process automations, or simply known as RPA, are only capable of offloading certain duties from medical staff at the moment, in the future they might actually be able to cure cancer!
Okay maybe curing cancer is a bit far-fetched, but then again you’ll never know.
There are many types of cancer and treatments but the process of administering a treatment is actually way slower than what it’s supposed to be. A doctor has to rely on personal experience and his team, to study test results before deciding on a suitable treatment.
It might not sound like much, but it’s actually a very time consuming process which includes sifting through past medical records, studies and research that relates to the patient’s cancer.
Since computers are a zillion times more powerful than our brains, artificial intelligence is able to speed up the process by going through mountains of data, before proposing a treatment to the doctor and patient. Also, it eliminates the possibility of non-consideration of factors or biases. Once the treatment plan is confirmed, doctors can go ahead with the treatment and hopefully be in time to save a life.
With advancements in technology and artificial intelligence, physical clinics have already begun turning into virtual ones. What do you think, hospitals will be like 20 years from now?
Or perhaps what we should be asking is –What if it’s us on the sick bed with two doctors and different diagnoses, who will you trust? The human or the AI?
Let us know in the comments!