AI in healthcare

Technology in healthcare is an area currently receiving substantial investment, and for good reason. Whether it’s assisting with diagnostics or enabling people to have a remote GP consultation from the comfort of their own home, the benefits are enormous.

AI (otherwise known as artificial intelligence), is here to stay. It’s affecting the way we travel, shop, exercise, do our online banking and use social media. And now it’s revolutionising healthcare delivery across the world.

AI in healthcare – how is this used?

At its most advanced, surgeons are able to use AI to undertaken surgery requiring incredibly high levels of precision. Common operations performed using robots include gynaecological surgery, prostate surgery and head and neck surgery. In January 2020, there was widespread news about the development of a computer which had the ability to diagnose breast cancer more accurately than human doctors. A computer model was designed and trained, using x-ray images from thousands of women. As part of testing completed within the study, the computer outperformed six radiologists.

In other areas of healthcare, rule-based systems can be used for assisting with diagnosis. Whilst this can help to streamline processes, the requirement for the involvement of a medical professional is still evident. As our knowledge base increases and best practice guidelines change, there becomes an increasing need for these systems to be kept up-to-date. Without this investment, the technology is unable to adapt and therefore becomes redundant over time.

When harnessed correctly, the benefits of utilising AI in healthcare is enormous.  This industry certainly isn’t showing any sign of slowing down soon. Watch this space for plenty of exciting new developments which you may be personally benefitting from, possibly sooner than you think.