The topic of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare has become impossible to avoid, dominating news headlines, conference agendas and social media newsfeeds in recent months. And, with total private and public sector investment expected to reach $6.6 billion by 2021 according to Forbes, it’s clear that AI has the potential to significantly transform the future of healthcare. However, while much of the buzz in healthcare technology is focused on AI, it’s just one of several emerging tools that are changing patient care. Wearable devices, microchipped drug capsules and gamification apps that reward players for engaging in healthy behaviors are all demonstrating promising results.
What are the greatest opportunities for leveraging these technologies to improve clinical outcomes? Can they be used to encourage patient engagement in healthy behaviors? What are the potential risks? To understand the perspectives of community oncologists on the growing role of these technologies and their potential impact, Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions surveyed more than 180 oncologists nationwide for the latest edition of our Oncology Insights report series. The results demonstrate optimism and growing interest in the potential of these technologies to improve the quality of care and patient outcomes.
Here are some of the key findings and the implications for your practice: