Artificial intelligence (AI) is showing great promise in a wide range of fields. From customer service to retail, AI is helping businesses do so much more with less. It is also helping make the world safer through AI-driven security and traffic control systems. There may be no field where AI is making greater strides, however, than in the world of healthcare.
From patient appointments to staffing, simple scheduling in a busy hospital or medical facility can be a nightmare. Unlike most businesses that simply need to ensure a certain number of staff members are available, hospitals and medical facilities have to ensure they have certain types of certified staff available at all times to maintain compliance. In addition, they can only schedule a certain amount of shifts or hours for certain employees. AI can help busy administrators create schedules that ensure all compliance and state and federal regulations are adhered to in a fraction of the time it took in the past.
Patient files can contain thousands of minute details that can provide hidden clues to perplexing health care issues. With dozens if not hundreds of patients to attend to, doctors have very little time to study patient histories thoroughly before making a diagnosis. Medical science is also progressing at a rapid pace but doctors barely have time to read patient files, let alone keep up on every new medical discovery. AI, however, can quickly scan patient files and compare them to the information contained in thousands of databases around the world to help physicians deliver far more accurate diagnoses.
Scanning has come a long way since Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen first created an X-ray machine. Today, scanning can offer physicians an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the human body. Unfortunately, many conditions, illnesses, and diseases can only be diagnosed by collecting tissue samples. Collecting tissue samples can not only be painful in some cases but always carries with it a high risk for infection. As scanning becomes more and more detailed, it will soon be able to provide information on what is happening in the human body on a cellular level. When that happens, AI may be able to use non-invasive scans to help diagnose certain conditions and diseases with no tissue samples necessary.