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Will AI Take Over in the Healthcare Industry?

Posted by on 12 April 2018
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With the rise of AI, it is causing many people to wonder if it will affect the healthcare industry. After all, technology in this digital age is disrupting every product and service little by little. By all accounts, healthcare will be taken over by AI in many applications. Here is what you should know:

AI Alerts

Monitoring patients conditions is one of the most important parts of the medical field. If they have come in with severe injuries or are otherwise in bad condition, the caretakers need to keep a close eye on them. They could even be allergic to some medication and a few seconds could be the difference between them making a full recovery or losing their life.

However, nurses and doctors cannot be everywhere at once. This means that patients wil be left alone more often than not. To ensure they are still monitored, AI is becoming commonplace attached to beds and watching vital signs. If something goes wrong, the AI informs the system and calls helpers to assist the patient. Having this automated process makes it faster and safer, as well as less expensive for hospitals. They can watch more patients without hiring extra staff to do it.


Medical records are very important to people's' lives. They help tell doctors where or not someone has special needs or allergies. Also, the history can be used to identify the treatments that will work best for their situation.

When documents and records are lost, deleted, stolen, or held ransom by hacker it is very dangerous. It is also costly for the healthcare facility in question, who usually pays it in order to have access to the records. Otherwise, they would be locked out and out of luck to boot.

Blockchain AI is changing that. With blockchain, everything is secure thanks to advanced encryption. It is also public on a ledger. This means that no one person can lock another person out. It also prevents fraud by making sure one record can only go with one person. This saves money for everyone, even the patients. That's because if hospitals have to pay ransoms they must raise their rates to make up for it, which gets passed on to the end user.


Healthcare facilities have a lot of data they must deal with every day. This data is useless in its raw form. With AI, special programs can be coded to search through the data and serve up analytics. This allows doctors to predict the likelihood of an episode happening and other health outcomes. They can also run reports on equipment and inventory to decide the best time to order and the right amount to have in stock. This reduces costs and increases efficiencies.


Most of the diseases that affect humans are microscopic. There are a lot of biological variables at play. It can be difficult for even the smartest humans to diagnose a patient with a rare condition. But AI can can create enterprise imaging at scale and utilize complicated formulas to assess blood levels and other aspects of the charts to accurately determine a diagnosis, saving time and resources while increasing accuracy.

Digitizing the Medical Industry

More of the medical industry is moving to mobile devices and the cloud. This digital revolution is thanks to the underlying technologies that allow clinics to communicate with one another faster and more agile than ever before. It can also help by having portals for patients to access their information and get the help they need.

It wasn't that long ago that everything in the healthcare industry was done with pen and paper. However, with the internet and other technology like AI, things are changing fast. Today, companies that use this new tech to their advantage will win out because they can enjoy more efficiency, less risk, and lower costs. AI is taking over, it isn't going away anytime soon. Luckily, for the most part, that is a good thing for patients and hospitals alike.

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