Health care is one of the most advanced sectors when it comes to the application of AI. Over the time, we continue to experience technological revolution that is aided by AI applications. In todays health sector, one doest necessarily have to visit a hospital or see a doctor physically to receive treatment. Through AI and consumer health applications such as the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), people are already getting the help they need without a doctor. It is anticipated that soon AI is headed towards machine learning, where it can be applied in diagnosing, treating, and recommending.
AI combines efficiency, speed, and accuracy in its application. In health care, it is performing functions that would otherwise seem impossible to humans. According to Baraniuk (2019), the AI system had analyzed over 20,000 MRI scans. That signifies quite a milestone for the health sector since doctors took too much time to analyze scans and give judgments.
There is a fear that since AI has led to job automation, it is a concern for many occupations that are based in the health sector. AI is considered to be more efficient and less costly when compared to human labor. Many key players in the health sector are rendering some occupations unsustainable. The reason is that a machine is now capable of combining several functions that could be carried out by different people and give more accurate results and at a faster rate.
Society needs to embrace AI in its everyday life and learn to adapt to the changes brought about by technology. The technological revolution we are experiencing is unstoppable hence the need to adapt to it. AI will change the future of the health sector so that lifestyle diseases such as cancer can be detected early enough through personalized applications that can scan, analyze, and give results within a short time.
Baraniuk, C. (2019). Artificial intelligence is analysing heart scans in dozens of hospitals. New Scientist, 244(3258), 11. Web.