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Is Artificial Intelligence the answer to a plethora of healthcare problems?

Abhinav Shashank, HIT Consultant

Published: 19 June 2019

The world of healthcare is changing, and with it, our approach to understanding the concept of patients and doctors, ways of delivering care, and building a better relationship between every member associated with it is also changing. Like other industries, healthcare is also going through a major revolution, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) stands at the core of it.

The Artificial Intelligence brain is building a better healthcare world

Biological sciences and medical research are rapidly changing fields. Each day, we witness advances in genomics, imaging, and pharmacology, and we are now hearing about the use of Artificial Intelligence to drive these advances. However, how much of the AI story is hype, and how much is real?

Is AI the answer to a plethora of healthcare problems?

According to a report, the overall AI market is projected to grow from 2016 at a compounded annual growth rate of 62.9%, reaching $16.6 billion by 2022 and AI for healthcare is expected to be a significant driving force. Healthcare is bestowed with the goldmine of data. The only need here is to harness the true potential of it. The major areas that will be affected by AI in the days to come include:

  • Adopting a data-driven approach to improve the quality of care across the network
  • Generating real-time insights to improve the decision-making process
  • Boosting the human element in the healthcare space

Be it precision medicine, diagnostics, imaging, or anything else; there are a lot of expectations of AI for healthcare. However, for AI models to get better, there is a need to keep feeding it with data, the right data.

Can healthcare achieve the level of efficiency that the automobile industry has achieved?

In terms of achieving operational efficiency with the use of Artificial Intelligence and automation, nothing can beat the progress that the automobile industry made. From leveraging hundreds of arms into performing one task, they remodelled the process into utilising few hands performing multiple activities.

For a sector that is aiming at reducing costs and improving efficiency, healthcare has a number of opportunities where AI can be an important part, such as:

  • Performing robot-assisted surgeries with a negligible scope of errors
  • Connecting multiple systems like never before
  • Ensuring healthcare data flow across the network with zero loss and 100% efficiency
  • Detecting frauds and errors in the system
  • Conducting AI-assisted diagnosis to enhance lab and tests accuracy

… and, most importantly, assisting doctors to do what they do best- deliver patient-centric care!

What does AI and Machine Learning (ML) have to offer to healthcare?

According to an IDC report, the spending on AI and ML is expected to grow from $12 billion in 2017 to $57.6 billion by 2021, registering a CAGR of 48%. From evaluating job applicants on their emerging strengths to creating a self-service AI platform that learns from analytics, machine learning is a fascinating avenue. And we know we had to bring machine learning to healthcare to fulfil the dream of intelligent healthcare.

The talks about AI replacing the human essence of healthcare are baseless, and no technology has the potential to do this. However, AI can be the most-needed helping hand that can augment providers and can help them to improve the processes.

A lot of healthcare experts have given consumer experience the top priority. With AI, we can power innovative medical research and build an efficient care-delivery mechanism. From genome sequencing to finding cures for acute diseases, AI has a lot of potentials.

Whether it be predicting the future cost of care of patients or addressing the social determinants of health, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can open new ways to achieve the best clinical and non-clinical outcomes.

The road ahead

Healthcare technology was never meant to overwhelm the physicians, and yet, that’s precisely what EHRs (Electronic Health Records) did. AI has the potential to turn the tides. By leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, healthcare can finally move on from exhaustive tasks and cumbersome processes to the world of digitally-assisted streamlined workflows. What we need now is to understand its need, analyse the space, and implement proven strategies to build a healthcare world where the best technologies are within the reach of providers and are aimed to deliver the best care that our patients deserve.

Healthcare needs a combination of Artificial Intelligence and data activation to eliminate existing complications in space.

Abhinav Shashank is the CEO and Cofounder of Innovaccer Inc. In his role as the CEO, Abhinav has laid the foundation for Innovaccer’s success as a leading data activation platform company and registering a 400% y-o-y growth. Abhinav has also been given a coveted spot in ‘Forbes- 30 Under 30 Asia 2017: Enterprise Tech’ and recognised by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the ‘Top 50 rising leaders in US healthcare under 40.'”

This article was written by CEO at Innovaccer Inc. and Abhinav Shashank from HIT Consultant and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

Minor grammatical and translational editorial changes may have been made to this article by MSD, which has no impact on the content of the article. This is to ensure all articles remain as relevant as possible to UK healthcare professionals.

GB-NON-01236 | Date of Preparation: August 2019

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