Is Artificial Intelligence Really a Helping Hand for the Healthcare Industry?

Mar 01,2019 by Rahul Garg
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In the business world, systemsbased on artificial intelligence (AI) are being welcomed with open arms. Thisis happening because businesses have understood that a better growth rate canbe achieved by bringing AI into the picture.

Here are some benefits that come from Artificial Intelligence: 

  • Seamless handling of customer interactions.
  • Personalized shopping experiences.
  • Smoother data mining.
  • Zero non-human errors.
  • Reduction in unnecessary expenses.

However, the question that getsasked so often is, ‘Should AI be used in the healthcare industry?’, since thehealth of patients is at stake. At this juncture, we would like to opine that AIhas emerged as a helping hand for healthcare businesses.

As per reports by Frost & Sullivan, AI will lift the growth rate of the healthcare market up to 40% by 2021. Plus, it will slash treatment costs in half. So, it wouldn’t be wrong to say AI is nothing but a blessing for patients and medical practitioners.

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According to an analysis by Accenture, AI-based applications in the healthcare industry will save around $150 billion dollars by 2026. Quite a number, huh?

Let’s learn howArtificial Intelligence is helping the healthcare industry: 

Smart diagnosis

Well, introducing AI in themedical field can pave the way for higher success and negligible errors, as itmakes the process of diagnosing diseases easier. There was a time when doctors weredependent on X-rays, CT scanners and MRI machines to find out whether there isa lump or not in the patient’s body. In addition to this, there was no suretythat using these methods would help to get accurate results.

Since the arrival of AI applications, identifying lumps by using scanning machines is becoming history. Artificial intelligence pre-empts human errors and guarantees highly accurate outputs. If industry reports are anything to go by, AI-based applications can analyze 3D scans 1000 times faster than the technology which was being used a few years ago. In a nutshell, AI promises smart diagnosis.

Apart from this, AI programs alsooffer great help during cardiology and radiology processes. By means of AI-basedsystems, it would be very easy to identify cancer cells in the initial stages,which, in turn, leads to better treatment. In similar fashion, AI systems lenda hand during the treatment of heart-related problems.

Proper management of health records

Managing health records hasalways been a challenging task that medical practices are supposed to do withfull responsibility. This is so because if health records don’t get managed inan appropriate manner, there is a likelihood that patients will faceunnecessary issues. Moreover, negative WOM (word-of-mouth) could also occur,denting the brand image. This is where AI comes to the rescue as it can easilymanage a pile of records.

Customarily, clinicaldocumentation consumes a lot of time, which has a negative aftereffect on productivitylevels. But the amalgamation of voice recognition and NLP (natural languageprocessing) can save a significant amount of time and effort. What’s more,information retrieval becomes easier, which is a major boon for doctors.

Another benefit of ArtificialIntelligence: doctors don’t have to worry about a drug overdose, wrongcombinations, etc. any longer as AI saves patient information in the cloudwhich is known for its ease of accessibility. Besides the storage and retrievalof information, AI also takes care of routine requests impeccably.    

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Robot-assisted surgery

The prominence of artificial intelligence (AI) cannot be overlooked, especially in matters of life and death. We do have a vivid example to prove this true. Nowadays, AI-assisted robotic surgery gets performed in established hospitals of the United States, Europe, etc. Owing to such surgeries, complications get reduced to a large extent during the operation, which has a positive consequence, improving the odds of success.    

During surgery, robots scrutinizedata from the stored pre-op records to guide the surgeon in an efficientmanner. As a positive outcome of this, the rate of hospital stay dwindled by21%. This is a win-win factor as it not only secures higher patientsatisfaction but also builds the brand image of the hospital where the surgeryhas been performed.

Another impressive fact aboutrobot-assisted surgery is that it ensures patients don’t have to heal fromlarge incisions. Owing to the learning capability, AI-based robots use datafrom past operations to give better suggestions to doctors/surgeons. Besideslifting the success rate, this also prevents the case from turning into acomplicated one, which is pleasing from the healthcare business’s point ofview.

As per a recent study, around 379orthopedic patients said AI-assisted robotic procedures result in five timeslesser complications in comparison to surgeons operating on their own. Seekingan example of robot-assisted surgery? HeartLander, a mini robot, performsminimally invasive treatment over the surface of the heart and ensures nothinggoes wrong during the process.

Final thoughts:         

As far as the healthcare industryis concerned, every minute is paramount as it could be the factor that can makethe difference between life and death. Patient safety cannot be compromised atany cost. That’s why bringing AI-based tools into use is imperative for healthcarebusinesses.

By writing this blog, we have discussed how artificial intelligence (AI) acts as a helping hand in the healthcare industry. We hope you have got a better understanding after going through the aforementioned pointers. However, if you feel that some other benefit of AI should have been part of this write-up, please do tell us in the comment section.

Thanks for taking the time out to read our write-up!!

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Aishwarya Osp
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Great article !! each and every point is very well explained and great information provided on how AI is used for the medical Industry. According to me, AI provides a helping hand to doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of patients.

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You have such amazing article!