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AI is Changing the Healthcare Industry

AI is Changing the Healthcare Industry

April 8, 2024

Healthcare is one channel where data continues to flow in and today’s technology is using some new innovations to keep up with provider demands. AI is one of the most transformative technologies in recent times, but understanding how healthcare benefits from it is important to get the most out of it. Today, we take a look at how AI is being used in healthcare. 

Healthcare Technology Needs

Before discussing how AI is affecting the healthcare industry, we should discuss some of the benefits that healthcare technology needs to bring to a healthcare provider. Like every other business, healthcare providers are looking for ways to be more efficient, make quick improvements to data security, and streamline their operations.

Due to the nature of the information that healthcare providers deal with (individual health information, financial data, etc.), healthcare IT systems need to be more protected than your average IT network. All technology needs to be structured to protect the patient and provide them with comprehensive care. Additionally, the soaring costs of healthcare require something to improve efficiency. 

How AI Fits In

All types of businesses are using artificial intelligence to automate tasks, but in healthcare, optimizing patient flow is one of the more interesting ways it is being utilized. We’ve all been to a healthcare provider and sat in the waiting room for far too long. AI is being integrated into the healthcare appointment scheduling system to not only streamline the scheduling process but also to give patients accurate information about upcoming appointments. By accurately predicting appointment times, patients can have a more positive experience.

Another benefit AI provides is from the care side. AI can sort through data much quicker than humans can, so its use results in better and faster diagnosis of ailments, more treatment options, and improvement to the entire healthcare delivery process. AI can also identify patterns and trends in individual health profiles, making it easier for people to get ahead of medical issues before they become a problem.

Finally, the more health-conscious people are, the less they need healthcare. Healthier people would help stagnate the runaway costs that people are subject to currently. AI supports proactive systems like diet tracking to provide people with the information they need to manage their health better. AI also plays a prominent role in telehealth systems that function to improve the overall patient experience by automating the scheduling of these appointments, allowing providers to handle follow-up appointments remotely.

AI is transforming the way people do things in all walks of life. If you work in healthcare, understanding the dynamic changes that your practice can see from integrating AI-fueled systems will be important in the years to come. Call the IT professionals at First Column IT at (571) 470-5594 to learn more.

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