Artificial intelligence (AI), the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers, has previously been best known through science fiction movies and books. But now, artificial intelligence is showing real potential, especially in healthcare.
As the technology has matured over the past seven decades, there's mounting evidence that AI can help increase efficiency, streamline data-based operations and communications, eliminate errors and diagnose disease. But for all of the promise and futuristic ideas, AI is not yet widely used in healthcare – only about 35 percent of hospitals expect to implement it within two years, according to HIMSS Analytics, a subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society that performs healthcare research and advisory work. And in reality, AI will have a very practical role.
“For health systems, and healthcare in general, AI will be an enabling layer implemented into already existing systems," said Jacob Haning, senior analyst and software engineer at Fuse by Cardinal Health. But this practical approach will have a massive impact on business, as Accenture recently found that AI could save the healthcare sector some $150 billion by 2026.
Are health systems ready for the AI revolution? Haning believes so and offered these five signs your health system should consider implementing AI solutions.