Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: Revolutionizing the Physician/Patient Relationship

The abundance of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and connected technologies being introduced daily are pushing the limits of innovation and raising expectations with every passing day. Thanks to these developments, particularly in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), we have already seen some successes in autonomous cars, smart cities and manufacturing that we used to believe could only happen in our Jetsons fantasies.These innovations are also impacting the healthcare industry. While nurses and physicians will never be replaced by “Rosie” in the patient exam room, machine learning and AI are poised to transform the healthcare industry in ways that positively impact physicians and their patients.

The Impact of Machine Learning and AI on Patients and Physicians

Increased machine learning and AI will help solve two key issues in healthcare:

1. Overcoming the huge documentation burden faced by physicians.

2. Providing patients with more personalized care.

It’s been well-established that physicians today spend too much time on administrative tasks, particularly documentation, even with the advent of electronic health records (EHRs). For example, emergency department physicians spend 43 percent of their time entering data into a computer, according to The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, which translates to about 4,000 clicks in a 10-hour shift. As AI technologies evolve and take hold in the exam room setting, physicians will no longer have to spend the majority of their time documenting every detail of each patient visit. It will allow physicians to spend more time face to face with patients while technologies like ambient speech and applications powered by deep learning operate in the background, collecting and sifting through information to make it actionable.

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