3 Myths About The Role of AI In Healthcare

In the last few decades, the idea of introducing AI into healthcare seemed closer to fantasy than it was to reality. However, with major technological advances happening every day in the AI industry, healthcare professionals and engineers are beginning to look at the tech as a potential to improve the patient experience. Whenever there is a new technological wave, there is always some level of misinformation or miscommunication about the extent of the software’s role in the industry. Here are 3 major misconceptions about the role of AI in healthcare and what this new partnership is actually becoming. 

AI Will Replace Healthcare Professionals

Anti-AI proponents often say that intelligent machines are set to take over the human race and replace us in nearly every industry. While automated driving and other uses of AI are causing a workforce shift, healthcare remains an inherently human-based field. While AI has the potential to help doctors and nurses in record-keeping and can even spot underlying patterns that may aid in diagnoses, you will likely never be diagnosed by a device like Amazon’s Alexa. Additionally, robots at this stage cannot express empathy, sympathy, or understanding, all of which are essential when helping people with something as serious as their health. AI does have a role in healthcare as a helpful aid, but professionals can rest easy when it comes to their livelihood. 

AI Can Perform Independent Tasks

When the idea of AI infiltrating healthcare first came about, many professionals immediately jumped to ideas of automatic diagnoses, hyper-advanced scanning, or even robotic automated surgery. While those possibilities may happen in the far future, the current state of AI is meant to perform menial, low priority tasks to allow doctors and nurses to focus on patient care. Many uses of AI are focused on clerical organization or algorithm-based work. Instead of having valuable staff members spend time on time-consuming tasks, AI works to lighten the load of jobs that can be performed by a machine. 

AI Is An Autonomous Software

The term AI has become an umbrella that covers a wide range of machine learning mechanisms, algorithms, and software. Healthcare professionals imagine that AI is a standalone entity that is programmed and then executes said programming. Instead, AI is only one part of the solution. AI works with a process called robotic process automation (RPA). RPA is how machines take in information, learn, and then adapt armed with new knowledge. 

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The team at Integracon has provided healthcare professionals with expert IT services for the last 15 years. When it comes time to consult with an IT professional in your organization, call a specialist at Integracon or visit our site to see our range of solutions available for you. 

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