When you think of artificial intelligence in the workforce, you might think of robots filling in for the jobs of people. This image can make you wonder how artificial intelligence, or AI, can be beneficial in the workforce, specifically in the health field.
While there won’t be robots replacing nurses and doctors anytime soon, there are many ways AI can help those working in healthcare – learn more below.
1. Evenly Distributed Workload
If you have ever worked in the health field, you know it is not an easy job. While caring for your patients and juggling other tasks for long periods of time, your battery is definitely drained by the end of your shift.
Even if you have never worked in health care, it is not difficult to understand the huge workload they deal with every shift.
However, with the help of artificial intelligence, this workload might decrease for each employee, which would help in evenly distributing their workloads.
For instance, cloud computing can aid record sharing between healthcare professionals and their patients as it would be able to store large amounts of data in its system. With this, healthcare professionals would have decreased workloads when organizing patients’ files and such.
On the other hand, with AI, having staff with the appropriate technical expertise is needed in order to maintain cloud computing security and other things.
2. Potential for More Individualized Care
With decreased workload and access to patient data from cloud storage, artificial intelligence opens up the door to more individualized care.
For example, with the decreased workload, healthcare staff are able to spend more one-on-one time with their patients. This would help them tend to most of their needs without feeling rushed to help their other patients.
Artificial intelligence can also help in regard to telehealth. Under certain algorithms, artificial intelligence can search for medical professionals that have skills that match a patient’s needs. With this information, AI can inform the patient how far that help is or if it’s available remotely.
Under the right algorithms, artificial intelligence can also do quick research and analyze scans, such as X-rays, to help medical professionals figure out care plans for their patients. With the expertise of a healthcare professional and the help of an entity with a compiled knowledge set, patient care becomes more specific and helpful for each unique situation.
3. Fewer Risks of Errors
With the help of artificial intelligence, the risk of human-induced errors decreases.
For instance, with the current workload medical professionals face, there are bound to be many errors, especially when one is mentally and physically exhausted. These errors can range from a mistake in healthcare procedures to accidentally giving patients food they are not supposed to have due to misreading their charts.
With the decreased workload, these errors have fewer chances of happening. Staff would be more likely to help each other as they would not be overwhelmed by their own tasks.
With the quick and thorough research artificial intelligence can conduct, there would be fewer chances of misdiagnosing patients as well. Medical professionals would be working with the knowledge of other professionals from various places because of the access AI allows.
While artificial intelligence may seem a little scary due to the many things we do not know about it, these three ways it can help healthcare workers are worth testing the waters for. Any technological development that can deliver better service to patients is to be welcomed.
It won’t be as extreme as having a robot be your nurse, but it will definitely expand healthcare services, making them more accessible for everyone.