Would You Want AI to be Used On You?
Wed, April 21, 2021

Would You Want AI to be Used On You?

Most non-experts get their information on AI from science fiction movies and clickbait articles / Photo Credit: Zapp2Photo (via Shutterstock)


Most non-experts get their information on AI from science fiction movies and clickbait articles with headlines similar to “Machines to Replace Humans by 2030,” explained Chief Technology Officer at Wolters Kluwer Health Jean-Claude Saghbini, via business news website Forbes. No wonder patients would not want AI in hospitals. Rather, they would want a doctor to take care of their treatment. However, unbeknownst to them, AI is already used in hospitals across the globe. Take it this way: anyone who owns a car and phone has probably used Waze to navigate rush-hour traffic and construction slow-downs. But do users mistrust Waze just because it isn’t human? Millions of drivers rely on the app’s AI each morning without even thinking about how the results are generated.

Imagine if patients thought the same way about AI integration in their healthcare. Unlike consumers, 79% of hospital executives want to further implement AI into their institutions, per a survey commissioned by Wolters Kluwer Health. This reflects the increased investment in and growth of intelligent technologies in operating rooms, stated Frost & Sullivan via Nathan Eddy’s article on health and technology news website Healthcare IT News. Such investments could improve patient outcomes and quality of care, slash costs, and minimize rates of medical concerns—all of which are valid concerns of physicians and nursing staff.

Patients will receive different treatment plans depending on their location, and AI can help with that. For instance, deep learning and AI are being leveraged to detect diabetic eye disease with a 98% accuracy rate using ordinary equipment at an optometrist’s office instead of invasive and expensive procedures offered in limited areas. Even Google AI’s deep learning system has consistently detected 26 different skin conditions, proclaiming to be as accurate as a dermatologist.

AI is here for good. With AI-enabled tools present in hospitals and health systems, we can offer proof that AI works for the health and well-being of patients. Of course, it’s not about replacing doctors or nurses. The clinician will always be the ultimate decision-maker even if the data and intelligence they obtain are provided by AI.