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April 1, 2019

Healthcare and Technology.

Healthcare continues to evolve with every new advancement in the fields of science and technology.

Right now, healthcare is becoming increasingly influenced by technological advancements. Online patient data has changed the way doctors record patient information and how they share it with other doctors, and the patients themselves. One significant sector of technology that is transforming healthcare is artificial intelligence. AI is part of computer science that deals with intelligent behavior for computers. There numerous ways that AI is impacting healthcare, and in multiple different fields of medicine.

Robot-Assisted Surgery

Robot-assisted, or robotic surgery, has allowed for complex operations to be completed with more precision and reduced risk. Camera and mechanical arms are equipped with surgical instruments that a surgeon controls through a computer located nearby. One of the most significant advantages of robot-assisted surgery is the ability to complete procedures in a minimally invasive way. AI has helped improve this method of surgery and has allowed patients to face fewer risks and shorter recovery time.

Virtual Nursing Assistants

The goal of virtual nursing assistants is to reduce the need for a costly doctor or hospital visit.  There are multiple startups aimed at offering an AI-powered virtual nursing assistant that can respond to patient questions and help monitor the progress of their health. It is particularly useful for patients who just had a procedure or were just released from the hospital, that may have questions about their recovery.

Reducing Error

AI data technology has multiple different uses. In healthcare, one application of AI is to read and process patient medical data to ensure the correct dosage of medication is administered. Doctors have to take into account a patients entire medical history from allergies to pre-existing conditions before they can adequately treat patients. AI helps reduce errors in dosage by reviewing patient data and reporting the correct dosage of medication in a short amount of time.

Artificial Intelligence is a huge part of technological advancements right now, especially in healthcare. According to a report by Accenture, “key clinical health AI applications can potentially create $150 billion in annual savings for the United States healthcare economy by 2026.” There is so much potential for AI to help transform medicine and reduce risks, costs, and time spent in doctor’s offices or hospitals.

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Sagar Jaybhay  |  Contribution: 100