Over the past decade, the growth of computational power has led to a massive increase in the amount and granularity of stored digital medical and healthcare data. The ability of AI to quickly analyse large volumes of this data and create meaningful – and actionable – insights will have profound effects on how healthcare is delivered and received.
“Information in medicine is expanding at a pace at which the human mind cannot keep it in one single view or frame, so we do need the power of machines to support us,” says Dr. Vaidya.
“Today we have computers which can bring data together, mine it and identify patterns. We use algorithms that are able to identify infections, or those patients who are going to have cardiac arrests.”
Another great promise of AI is in its ability to bring new efficiencies to hospital workflows including planning, procedure times or selecting the right exam for the right patient, which will enhance care delivery and reduce treatment costs2.
The ability of AI to sift through large amounts of data can help hospital administrators optimise performance and improve the use of existing resources, generating time and cost savings. This could vastly increase overall hospital productivity.