23 Jan The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Healthcare Technology
Artificial Intelligence Brings New Meaning to Smart Technology
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is gaining momentum in the healthcare industry, and IT executives are expanding their use of these technologies, creating solutions to accommodate the growing demand for AI tools. Artificial intelligence is on its way to becoming the new standard for user interfaces in healthcare IT over the next few years; AI is undoubtedly the future of healthcare.
Other industries, such as retail and finance, have seen significant advancements in artificial intelligence and predictive analytics. Healthcare has some catching up to do, some hospitals and health systems are leveraging information technology to their advantage, with an expected telehealth boom making its mark in the industry. As patients look to healthcare to ensure they receive quality customer care, such as that provided by retailers and banks, healthcare is making a transition to a patient outcomes-based model.
These advancements, bring the questions of how AI will affect data, IoT, and cybersecurity. As you read further, we will dive deeper into these areas and how artificial intelligence brings a positive light to the topics most CIO’s have top of mind.
Artificial intelligence is utilized in various ways throughout the healthcare industry. An area that is a high concern for IT professionals in our current age, in addition to physical security, is that of cybersecurity. AI is proving to be an effective asset in cybersecurity and healthcare, CIO’s should be recognizing the ability that AI has to enhance technology and pinpoint malicious activity to keep systems and data safe. Security information and event management alerts are a few areas AI has proven to shine, igniting high interest in healthcare IT professionals.
Computers are enabled by artificial intelligence to handle a greater amount of work than an individual human can undertake. In an era of consumerization, this is proving to be extremely valuable in keeping data safe.
One of the main components responsible for the swift adoption of artificial intelligence in healthcare relates to the availability of large volumes of personal health data. Health professionals are overwhelmed with information, and AI will be a huge player in organizing raw data into high-quality predictions. Along with the information above related to cybersecurity, mixed with additional infrastructure components, an approach using machine learning may help organizations respond with actions to predict data leaks.
Artificial Intelligence has a growing role in healthcare, which is now moving to the patient level in addition to its role in the back-end. Executives in the healthcare industry are taking advantage of this to ensure their organizations are creating an interface to reinforce the transactions and interactions that individuals have with the systems.
Many health organizations are implementing virtual assistants that provide better interactions with patients, revolutionizing the way these companies obtain information from and connect with patients.
Telehealth and telemedicine are gaining momentum in the healthcare, areas of healthcare technology that have been around for a while now but are suddenly seeing noticeable growth in our current healthcare environment. Healthcare executives are seeing providers embracing this technology as well as insurers who are funding telemedicine solutions. As the financial benefits of the platforms expand, we will surely see an explosion of related artificial intelligence technology.
Healthcare providers are already incorporating AI into Telehealth to reduce logistical challenges by utilizing predictive analytics to improve patient flow and help professionals connect faster to patients. Combining machine learning algorithms with telemedicine solutions will provide a more efficient approach to diagnoses without the extensive time needed on the human-level.
INTERNET OF THINGS (IoT)
The Internet of Things is taking our generation by storm, which creates major areas of preparation that health execs must begin accounting and preparing for. With billions of installed things on the IoT, the number seems to be doubling by the year, which creates many additional cybersecurity issues as previously mentioned. With connected things in the tens of billions, we will surely see an increase in ransomware which is a topic no organization should, or will, take lightly.
As noted in a recent article by Cisco, New-Gen Technologies Make IoT Transformational, “IoT and AI have a remarkably synergistic relationship. AI, especially machine learning, provides intelligence—the ability to evaluate options, learn from experience and make smart decisions. IoT, like the body, provides the ability to sense and act. IoT delivers both the data AI needs and the physical means to act on AI’s decisions. “
In closing, we may all agree that the transformation of digital health is happening now. Artificial intelligence is demonstrating the potential it has to increase efficiencies and drive the quality of healthcare, ensuring the industry stays relevant over the next 10+ years. With this clear critical role AI has and will continue to have in healthcare, organizations must begin implementing an in-depth defense and security program with the necessary executive support to ensure the benefits are fully absorbed.
It’s time for Healthcare to catch up.
Marketing Content Specialist at Comm-Works
Matthew currently serves as the Marketing Content Specialist for Comm-Works. He possesses experience in the marketing and communications space, and has worked in a variety of fields including technology, health, and franchising. He holds his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University in MN and in his spare time, you’ll find him swimming, cooking, and spending time outdoors.