Of all the fields AI is expected to permeate over the coming decade, perhaps none is more consequential than health care. From early diagnostics to robot-assisted surgery, AI is expected to enhance our health in a wide variety of ways.
But it also has the potential to do great harm. The human body is a swirling mass of biological, chemical, and even electrical processes, with structures and physiologies so diverse that no two are exactly alike. More than any other industry, health care should tread carefully when it comes to implementing AI, making certain that negative outcomes be kept to an absolute minimum.
There is, of course, a lot to look forward to when it comes to allowing bots to participate in our health decisions. For one thing, according to Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics, AI can provide practitioners with real-time information and analytics on medical issues, as well as streamline many of the time-consuming tasks that impede the health care process, such as insurance verification and medication history. And it should be able to accomplish this while also reducing the need for an abundance of resources that currently clogs up the health care process and drives up costs.