Rebooting the Healthcare System with Artificial Intelligence

Hardik Agarwal
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3 min readMay 24, 2021

The Healthcare system is the lifeline of any country and in these tough times of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the world is between a rock and hard place, our healthcare systems have fallen to their knees. The shortage of medical staff, oxygen and other supplies put things into a new perspective on how the healthcare system can be improved. Can smart technology help us here? And the answer to this question is yes!

Artificial Intelligence poised as robots working in a laboratory.

A Smart City is not only defined by the smart technologies which help in the day-to-day management of the city, it also means taking the best care of the people in terms of every measure and healthcare systems are the backbone for the same.

Today Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) have been made easy and simple in various ways and in various fields and it’s time to use these technologies to better our healthcare systems.

When it comes to AI in the healthcare system, it’s referred to as Deep Medicine. There are virtually infinite opportunities to use technology to deploy more accurate, effective, and impactful treatments at exactly the right moment in a patient’s treatment, from chronic diseases and cancer to radiology and risk assessment. Artificial intelligence is poised to be the catalyst that drives improvements across the care spectrum as payment systems expand, patients demand more from their providers, and the amount of available data continues to grow at a staggering pace. Algorithms and software’s ability to collect data, process it, and provide a well-defined output to the end-user will be a boon for the mankind and healthcare sector. With the use of AI, automation will automatically be on rising and thus the crisis of shortage in medical staff can be crunched. The machines which are equipped with the technology of AI will be the future of the healthcare system.

The brewing of technology for the advancements.

Today, we all are somewhere already using AI in taking care of ourselves and our health by using wearable devices such as bands and watches which track the heartbeat, sp02 and gives the person the needed reminders, in future, the efficacy can be improved and it will be like having your own stethoscope on the wrist.

Before IoT, the interaction of doctors and patients was limited as there was no technology out there for constant monitoring of the patient’s health and doctors reconnection accordingly. With the existence of IoT-enabled devices in the healthcare sector, the potential to keep patients safe and healthy, and empowering physicians to deliver superlative care is unleashed. IoT also has a major impact on reducing healthcare costs significantly and improving treatment outcomes. It helps patients, families, hospitals, doctors and everyone else.

The proliferation of healthcare-specific IoT products opens up immense opportunities. And the huge amount of data generated by these connected devices hold the potential to transform healthcare. IoT is redefining healthcare by ensuring better care, improved treatment outcomes and reduced costs for patients, and better processes and workflows, improved performance and patient experience for healthcare providers.

Smart technology enables easy access to doctors.

With advantages come disadvantages along, and as it tracks the patient’s health in real-time and monitors it, this data is very sensitive and important thereby giving rise to data security concerns.

Today, various startups and companies are working in this field and seeking out various solutions to better our healthcare systems. Things may seem bleak today but the future of healthcare systems along with automation and technology will be bright!