The healthcare industry is undergoing a technological revolution, and at the forefront of this change is artificial intelligence (AI). From automating inefficient processes to forecasting clinical missteps, AI has the power to revolutionize healthcare & enable all care professionals to deliver better patient outcomes.
However, despite the massive potential for AI to be a force for good, it has yet to live up to its promising reputation. Whether it’s a failure to adopt this new technology or lack of team buy-in, there remain major cracks in the patient-care lifecycle that could be resolved via artificial intelligence. Let’s dive into this emerging crossroads to better understand just how valuable artificial intelligence could be for healthcare.
First Glance at AI in Healthcare
AI is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of technologies, from basic algorithms that predict your Google search to complex computer vision that can pilot vehicles.
At its core, however, AI simply refers to any computer that has been taught to execute tasks. In medicine, this translates into a myriad of powerful applications for both patients as well as providers, payers, and other healthcare professionals.
A Powerful Clinical Use-Case
One of the most significant medical applications of AI is utilizing it to guide the diagnostic & treatment lifecycle. Since AI-powered solutions can leverage a globalized wealth of patient data at blistering speed—such as medical history, past treatments, emerging symptoms, and testing results—professionals can spend more time providing accurate diagnoses & efficient treatment.
This enables care teams to filter out all the noise that must be analyzed to form a diagnoses, directly zeroing into only the most relevant clinical data. However, the value of AI in medicine goes beyond simple time-saving tweaks; these solutions are capable of forecast true patient outcomes. Powered by deep learning & associative models, intelligent AI-healthcare systems offer clinicians a rare ability: There has never been a better way to proactively understand how different treatments might impact a patient’s health.
This empowers care teams with much-needed visibility into what has always been a blackbox; they can now visualize the chaotic trajectory of a patient’s health status beforehand. Now, those teams have the time & foresight needed to alter treatment plans, stage an intervention, and otherwise optimize care to help their patients feel better, faster.
Diving Deeper Into Full Scope For AI-Powered Care
Beyond streamlining and supercharging the diagnostic process, artificial Intelligence has the potential to transform all aspects of healthcare in ways we never thought possible.
By automating rote, time-consuming tasks such as image analysis (x-rays, CT scans, etc.) and data entry, AI can drastically reduce the risk of administrative errors in patient-data management. If left unchecked, such minute inaccuracies could manifest into major challenges in the future—for both patients, providers, as well as payers. AI mitigates those threats, while also freeing up teams to dedicate more time to their patients, where they can focus on delivering the highest quality of care.
At the same time, AI can also be used to personalize care plans that put the patient at the center of the treatment cycle. By analyzing a patient’s unique medical history, demographic information, and lifestyle factors, AI algorithms can provide recommendations for treatments that are tailored to each patient’s individual needs. This can lead to improved patient outcomes and a better overall patient experience.
Promoting Holistic Care With People-Centered AI
It’s clear that artificial intelligence and healthcare are converging to form a potent intersection for medical professionals. From payers to providers, virtually all stakeholders in the patient-care process stand to gain massive, two-sided value by embracing this emerging avenue.
As we embrace this transformation, it’s important to remember what healthcare is fundamentally about: humans helping humans. While such innovative tools will undoubtedly boost patient outcomes, it’s critical for them to also revitalize & preserve the human element of healthcare.
This philosophy underpins every effort at Holon. By harnessing the power of AI, our solutions strive to echo this ethos and empower care teams to provide the highest quality of care to their patients.
With our AI-driven workflows, we are committed to meeting the operational needs of every treatment stakeholder, by providing a variety of intuitive workflows. We do that by ensuring each of our people-powered solutions integrates seamlessly with your team from start to finish, promoting holistic care for patients. To learn more about our patented patient-over-process relief technology, check out our solutions here.