In today’s rapidly evolving world of healthcare, Artificial Intelligence has emerged as a revolutionary force, poised to reshape the entire landscape of medical practice and administration. The integration of AI into healthcare is nothing short of a game-changer, with applications spanning diverse domains, from primary care to research, public health, and administration.
AI’s Unprecedented Potential
Medical science generates an ever-expanding volume and variety of data, and AI stands ready to harness this wealth of information. The potential for AI in medicine and health is immense, driven by continuous advancements in AI technologies developed by industry, academia, government, and individuals. The profound impact of AI integration into medical practice is anticipated to touch every facet of healthcare (Roski et al., 2019; Fihn et al., 2019).
AI Across All Spheres of Healthcare
AI’s journey into healthcare has been nothing short of comprehensive. It has penetrated every aspect of medicine, extending its reach from primary care to rare diseases, emergency medicine, biomedical research, and public health. Notably, AI doesn’t discriminate; it offers value to patients and citizens, clinicians and caregivers, healthcare administrators, and public health professionals and policymakers alike.
A New Way of Classification
Traditionally, healthcare AI tools have been classified based on user groups and settings. User groups include patients, clinicians, administrators, and policymakers, while settings range from clinical and managing settings to administrative roles. However, for a more comprehensive understanding, we adopt a broader classification, focusing on four key practices: clinical, research, public health, and administrative.
AI in Action: A Snapshot
Let’s take a brief look at how AI is already making a difference in these four areas:
Clinical Applications: AI is enhancing diagnostics, enabling faster and more accurate disease detection, and assisting in treatment planning. It’s also supporting telemedicine, improving patient care accessibility.
Research Advancements: In research, AI is expediting drug discovery, analysing complex genomic data, and aiding in the development of personalised treatment plans.
Public Health Initiatives: AI is helping track and predict disease outbreaks, supporting epidemiological studies, and even assisting in early detection of conditions like diabetic retinopathy.
Administrative Efficiency: AI is streamlining healthcare administration, improving efficiency, ensuring quality control, and reducing fraud.
As we embark on this transformative journey, it’s evident that AI’s presence in healthcare is already substantial, with the promise of even more remarkable breakthroughs on the horizon. The future of healthcare is here, and AI is at the forefront, driving change, enhancing patient care, and revolutionising the way we approach health and wellness.
If you would like to find out more about AI in healthcare, join our webinar on 12 February 2024 at 4pm CET on Zoom!
Our webinar provides researchers and industry professionals with the opportunity to engage in discussions about bridging the gap between AI and Healthcare.
Meet the speakers:
- Dr Marwa Ibrahim (Tallinn University, Expert of STEM Capacity Building, Consultant of Complexity, Planning & Tinkering, Ideas Gym Technology Capacity Building Manager and Co-founder, Estonia)
- Prof. Milena Georgieva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Co-founder and CSO of EPIX.AI (https://www.epix.ai/), Bulgaria)
- Prof. Giovanni Volpe (University of Gothenburg, Chair of the Board and CTO of the startup IFLAI AB, (http://iflai.com), Sweden)
- Dr Adrienne Grech (Programme Coordinator: Nursing Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, Malta)