Artificial intelligence (AI) holds great importance for the healthcare industry. Technology, however, is not an answer to all the challenges.
It’s not going to do everything by itself; there will be a need to bring other technologies to bear on that. Similarly, it’s unlikely to replace the need for highly-trained clinical minds.
Human involvement will still be needed!
According to naysayers, AI is one of the best things to happen to healthcare and might end human intervention in the industry. However, the reality is something different. Robot clinicians are not there to replace every job that can be possibly automated. While artificial intelligence holds enormous potential to improve the way clinicians practice, it can never replace the clinical judgement of a living person. And sooner the healthcare system can eliminate human error, the safer and healthier the patients will be.
Technology doesn’t have to be threatening. Medicines are getting complicated and there is simply no way for even the smartest healthcare team to keep up without any support from technology.
There is a lot to be done before providers can actually trust technology to make reliable decisions. Healthcare organizations are eager to harness the latest analytics technologies to safeguard patients, improve efficiency, and succeed with population health management. For this, clinicians need to synthesize vast amounts of information from various sources.
Technology can’t function independently yet!
It’s unreasonable for a clinician to integrate the huge amount of information into their decision-making effectively. Providers need to be assisted by technology, if they want to make sure every person gets great care. Moreover, there is no possibility in the near future that technology becomes completely FDA (Food and Drug Administration) cleared to take accountability for making an autonomous decision. A clinical expert will always be needed to go a step forward and take signals into an action that will further help the patient.
Whether you consider it a good sign or a bad, but technology can’t function independently yet, and might not ever be able to. Ultimately, even the most advanced technologies will only help in improved clinician judgements, not replace it.
Adopting artificial intelligence in a right way can never be considered a threat to the healthcare industry. It’ll be viewed as a savior. Moreover, it will benefit the industry at large when it arrives at scale to support the delivery of care, which might take many years.