AI will free up Doctor’s time and allow them to focus on personalised patient care, according to physician Dr. Eric Topol, founder of Scripps Research Translational Institute and author of ‘Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again”.
Examples include freeing Doctors from:
- Typing medical information into patient files, and
- Giving patients better access to their personal data.
Use of deep learning is also able to reduce the rates of error and enable better decision making through, e.g. medical image analysis.
Additionally, AI offers an opportunity in research and discovery in its ability to review and analyse huge sets of data from patient records and medical literature.
I have tweeted before about the inflection point where failure to use AI in healthcare will be seen not only as unethical, but also as a case of malpractice. Adding to that, we can see here that care will likely improve through the use of data and automation of time-consuming tasks.
Following Dr. Topol, though, should the healthcare industry pursue this technology as quickly as possible? One reason for thinking not is the hippocratic oath to first do no harm. If we rush into using new technology, with the threat of automation bias lurking over the horizon, there is a chance that relying on underdeveloped AI for clinical decisions will lead to misdiagnosis and potentially cause harm.
A slow and steady approach is needed.