Can AI and healthcare applications replace doctors? Who will take care of our health in the future
The introduction of any new technology always raises many questions and a flaw of criticism from conservatives. The healthcare industry is especially relevant because such a machine’s decisions can affect people’s lives and health. Let’s find out what are future medical technology predictions.
So, everyone in the medical business was divided into two camps. Some say that AI can solve numerous problems related to the accuracy of diagnosis, especially in radiology. They rely on research that proves that artificial intelligence can diagnose any human body formation to the smallest detail.
Their opponents are protesting, having to defend the big mean doctors. How will doctors be replaced by AI? And here, more and more people talk about the safety of such technologies. Is it possible to entrust your health to a robot who has no empathy and soul?
Despite many contradictory opinions, it is impossible to ignore that artificial intelligence has undeniable advantages for the medical business.
Now we are witnessing how artificial intelligence and solutions based on it penetrate the healthcare industry. We cannot ignore the fact that this trend can change and improve healthcare for the entire population radically. It concerns both services (including diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation) and disease prevention.
In the healthcare sector, machine learning is most often used for:
- Image recognition;
- Pre-primary medical care. (various symptom-checkers based on AI analyze the patient’s complaints, give information about possible diseases, and refer to the right specialist if necessary);
- Help in making diagnoses and prescribing treatment;
- Assessments of the quality of medical care;
- Analysis of data on medical devices.
AI will improve medical equipment, optimize workflow, collect and process information from different sources, thus helping the health care system to approach the four-component goal:
- to improve clinical outcomes and efficiency,
- increasing patient satisfaction
- increased satisfaction of medical staff,
- reducing the cost of medical services.
Will AI replace doctors?
So far, we are not talking about replacing doctors with robots and machines taking over human jobs. Quite the opposite, all new technologies are designed to help doctors improve the quality of their work and efficiency through intelligent clues and automation of routine procedures. However, in some responsibilities, the algorithm’s accuracy already exceeds human accuracy, which means that doctors’ role in these areas may change.
Despite the high accuracy of some algorithms, AI also has weaknesses in comparison with a real doctor.
First, the robot can find only those diseases on which it was trained, while the doctor can identify a wider range of diseases. Thus, the AI will not be able to 100% replace the doctor at the stage of diagnosis but will be able to help solve highly specialized tasks, which in the absence of automation has not even thought about before.
Artificial intelligence is a trendy field, which can radically change the quality of life of people. Medicine is one of the areas where it will bring huge benefits. But now we are only making the first steps towards the introduction of new technologies in this area. Medical AI systems will not replace doctors (and we are unlikely to be treated by robots in the coming years), but they can improve quality and efficiency. Let us note that, along with the development of AI and all healthcare devices, healthcare manual testing services also have qualitative leaps to a new level.
One of the most important things is that most patients will control their own health in the future. Many people now use mobile applications to track their diet, exercise, blood pressure, heart rate, and composition in real-time. The strategy of “quantified self” will become much more common in the future. These technologies will become commonplace much faster than those thousands of scientists spend billions of dollars to create. And if smartphones can prevent the most serious diseases, society won’t be afraid of replacing doctors as much as they do now.