Advocating AI in Healthcare

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a part of our lives, in one form or another in recent years, whether we like it or not. Smartphones, smart TVs, smart speakers, Ring doorbells, voice activated appliances, and more—all AI all the time. Although it may seem intrusive at times, it also makes life a lot easier when you can tell your device to find that movie you want to watch, while remotely preheating your oven to 425 degrees so it’s ready for that take-n-bake pizza you just ordered from Uber Eats on your smartphone. See where I’m going here? 

With AI so entrenched in our daily lives, it only makes sense that it should also serve our health needs and the needs of those we care about. Fortunately, healthcare executives are joining the AI bandwagon because they recognize the need for widespread adoption in response to COVID-19. A recent survey said 47% of healthcare organizations are using AI in one form or another. 90% of them expect widespread implementation in the next five years. 

 

MAKING THE MOST OF AI

There are several ways AI is already enhancing healthcare, from accounting and administration, to scheduling appointments and easier access to health records. However, there are limitations and, depending on where you live (urban vs. rural), access can be a problem. Managing one’s own health is also dependent on what kinds of technology you have at your fingertips, and if you know your way around the system. Many older adults aren’t tech savvy or they are resistant to technology altogether. 

Of course, the beauty of AI, in most cases, is that it’s so intuitive and easy to use, you forget it’s there. In a healthcare setting, this is especially important because problems arise that patients aren’t even aware of. VSTOne is empowering the future of hospital care by predicting and preventing falls, heart attacks, sepsis and more with AI and remote patient monitoring. 

Not only is it better for the patient’s health to identify the symptoms and risks ahead of time, it’s also more efficient and cost effective for hospitals. Warning signs are identified and staff are alerted immediately to get them to the right patient at the right time.  

 

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