With the continued emergence of more complex illnesses, medical professionals have been forced to keep improving their expertise in order to match the changing market demands. Many unique technological innovations designed for the healthcare industry are also coming up almost on a daily basis. Among these innovations is the Artificial Intelligence, commonly referred to as the AI.
The AI can be defined as the combination of various technologies that simulate the cognitive functions of a human being. While these technologies are being used in numerous sectors, the healthcare industry has and continues to be the main beneficiary. In fact, these innovations have brought a paradigm shift in the way medical services are being rendered in healthcare facilities.
Here are some of the benefits of using Artificial Intelligence in medicine.
- Accuracy in service delivery
Traditionally, doctors relied solely on the information provided by radiology images acquired through machines such as x-rays, CT scanners and MRI apparatus. But with AI, health professionals can now critically analyze the inner workings of a patient’s body, eliminating any possible misdiagnosis. With these innovations, pathologists, radiologists and doctors are able to unanimously agree on the kind of treatment a patient requires. Artificial Intelligence uses advanced learning algorithms to sift through various diagnostic images, checking for anomalies.
- Automated health records
While the electronic health recording system has brought important changes in the healthcare industry, it has been faced with numerous challenges, including cognitive overload, limitless documentation and user burnouts. But the AI has revolutionized this system by automating various processes and making its interfaces more user-friendly. With the creation of features such as voice recognition and language processing, clinical officers are able to save time when retrieving medical records. It has also become quite easy for doctors and clinical officers to share information about their patients by saving the details in the cloud. This has helped in avoiding cases of overdose, allergies and wrong combinations.
- Improved surgical precision
Although some people are still skeptical about the use of robots in surgery, their assistance has greatly improved surgical procedures. They are designed to guide the surgeon’s hand and instantly provide information about the patient’s health. Furthermore, the robots are being used to perform non-invasive surgical procedures thus reducing the duration that patients remain in the hospital.
In laparoscopic cholecystectomy, for instance, AI systems can be used to help surgeons recognize anatomical structures using real-time laparoscopic imagery. This makes it easy for them to identify target areas, danger zones, cystic duct & arteries, gallbladder and so on, which is critical in decision making.
Robot hands help to neutralize tremors in surgeons’ hands when performing complex surgeries thus reducing risk and improving the quality of the results. What’s more, the AI systems continue to monitor patients even when the doctors and nurses are not available.
- Hands-on medical care
Traditionally, doctors reacted to symptoms presented to them by patients when they sought treatment. This left doctors with little to do to stop the infections from advancing as most of them were already at advanced stages. But enter Artificial Intelligence, and the situation has changed from reactive to proactive healthcare. The new technologies help in monitoring patients and suggest the most effective intervention before the situation gets out of hand. Thankfully, majority of medical facilities are now adopting the Artificial Intelligence in their service delivery.