Artificial intelligence and the healthcare sector

Apr 27, 2017 | 1929 Views

Technology has the power to transform the healthcare sector, and government funding is aiming to achieve this

Last Friday, the government revealed how the budget for more investment in cutting-edge technology and innovation would be split, with business secretary Greg Clark announcing that robotics and AI will be receiving British Pound 93 million as part of the government's British Pound 1 billion Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund - impacting a range of sectors, including healthcare.

In the healthcare sector, technology has already been used to update patient records, improve care delivery and streamline processes.Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly being heralded as a technology to achieve further breakthroughs in this sector.

UK consumers are also seeing the advantages of introducing AI into the healthcare sector. Recent research from the enterprise information management company, OpenText, revealed that a the UK public would appreciate quicker diagnoses.This was identified as the biggest benefit for people surveyed, with one in three (33%) UK residents believing robots would reach a decision on their condition much faster.

This was identified as the biggest benefit for people surveyed, with one in three (33%) UK residents believing robots would reach a decision on their condition much faster.

As well as faster diagnosis, one in four (25%) believed they would get a more accurate diagnosis from AI.

A quarter of UK consumers (25%) said robot technology would mean they wouldn't have to rely on booking an appointment with a GP, while 24% said the biggest benefit would be no longer having to take time off work to visit a doctor.AI would also, almost certainly reduce the strain on the NHS.

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Source: Information-Age