A self-thinking robot has always been the theme of science fiction for decades. We came across robot servants and robot armies on TV, in books, in graphic novels. Maybe this futuristic thought led to the idea of a computer that would ‘learn’ as it goes, or maybe scientists were working on it all along, we would never know. However, the more important thing is, AI is here now. And it is changing the world, including healthcare as we speak.
AI in Healthcare
Siri, Alexa, Cortana, Okay Google, all have been a part of our lives for some time now. We all have observed them getting better in understanding us, and anticipating us. The very fact that we have someone plan our routes, play our songs, and even order our groceries for us shows how intertwined our lives have become with AI.
This simple role of an everyday ‘assistant’ goes a long way in healthcare. Imagine having someone checking on you when you are unwell, or asking you to take it slow because your fitness tracker records a high heart rate. People find value in these things and so, there are companies that are built around such apps.
In healthcare, AI has a wide possibility of applications. Ranging from a simple interactive bot to robotic surgeries, AI is taking the centre stage in advanced healthcare delivery. The simplistic idea is to replace human errors, reduce man-hours, and minimise variations in service delivery. With mobile health and Internet-of-things, many gadgets have entered our lives. The adopters of these are mostly millennials, however, older generations are catching up.
Healthcare advise from a machine?
We all have accepted the role of Siris and Alexas in our life. However, how much would we trust AI when it comes to our health? To answer this, PwC conducted a survey of adults (men and women, 18 and above) from the EMEA. They were asked questions about their acceptance of AI and robotics in healthcare. The survey shows that the acceptance of AI in healthcare is increasing from the point-of-view of the patients. In a survey from EMEA, over 60% individuals between the ages 18 and 34 are comfortable talking to a bot for their healthcare-related questions, while only 11% of respondents from that age group are unwilling to use AI.
The three areas where people are willing to use AI the most are in tracking their fitness, monitoring heart conditions, and taking and testing blood samples. The least favoured areas are fracture reductions, pregnancy monitoring, and delivering a baby.
These results might be extrapolated to most of the countries in the world. With an increase in adoption of smartphones and m-health, more data points are collected. With the help of adaptive learning, the services of companies offering these apps are becoming better and more accurate, in turn driving up the adoption.
To sum the results up, people are okay with letting the machines advise on diagnostics and fitness. However, they are not so keen yet to let the machines actually operate on them, or even fix their broken bones.
Aimedis: AI in Healthcare reimagined
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