The power of change
The benefits from man and machine working in harmony are evident. Trials have already shown that patients can use technology to monitor conditions, ranging from dementia to heart and respiratory diseases, at home to give clinicians accurate, live information to review cases remotely so that hospital admissions can be for specific rather than routine appointments that can be a waste of time for both patient and physician.
Dr. Ali Parsa, the pioneering health specialist behind Babylon, the app-based doctor appointment and symptom checker system, says: “Using AI will free up doctors and nurses’ time. One in eight of NHS diagnoses is wrong. It is not that the doctors are bad, it is just that it is mathematically impossible to configure all these in your head.
“Simple stuff will be done much better by machines but then humans will be able to do the treatment – the surgery, the care – more effectively and with more time for empathy.”
Data protection and compliance specialist Dr. Reemt Matthiesen, of CMS, a top-ten international law firm, believes EU regulations are strong and that systems operating in Israel and Denmark – based on transparency and openness – prove that anonymized patient data can be used effectively and safely for research to improve treatment methods. “I believe this is a learning curve. Once people “see”/trust that these systems prove beneficial and that their data is used solely for beneficial purposes and not commercialized, skepticism will disappear,” he says. “That means a sound and reasonable legal regime with permission management where people are in easy control of who has access to their data and for which purposes.”