Doctors will be able to use patients’ genetic data and other health information as part of routine medical care to a far greater extent. They’ll better determine which treatments will work best for specific patients, as well as gain an enhanced understanding of the underlying mechanisms by which different diseases occur. This will have an enormous impact on healthcare in the future, with implications for entire populations and economies as our understanding of some of the key health threats of our time improves.
However, as impressive as AI is as a technology, we must remember that it is just that: a technology. It’s an extension of the doctor’s skills and expertise, but it will not be able to replace the vital human relationship between a patient and a doctor. That’s why we use the term ‘adaptive intelligence’ to talk about AI as a technology that adapts to people, for example as the new personal assistant to today’s doctors – it works to spot patterns in complex data so that the doctor can make a more informed diagnosis, and automates repetitive tasks so more time can be spent on consultation.
As healthcare moves away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach, we can all look forward to a healthier tomorrow. Innovations will play a leading role in driving this change, and understanding their impact will enable us to use them to their potential. Stay tuned over the next few months as we continue to translate some of the key healthcare trends of our time on our social media channels.
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 Future Health Index. (2017). CC12. How important would you say connected care devices are for improving each of the following?