With many technological advancements in the healthcare industry, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are increasingly being utilized to improve efficiencies and help with tasks such as diagnosis, treatment planning, and drug discovery. With this trend projected to continue in 2023, here are some of how the emergence of artificial intelligence might impact your healthcare facility in the months and years to come:
1) More informed patient data.
Because AI will ultimately provide more informed patient data, better patient outcomes can be expected. According to a 2020 report by McKinsey & Company, AI applications will directly contribute to enhanced healthcare delivery, including daily operational improvement and better management of patient care. More accurate diagnoses and effective treatments can be made with deeper analytical insights and data to improve the trajectory of patient outcomes and experiences.
2) Greater productivity and efficiencies.
As AI technology continues to evolve, existing tasks related to patient treatment will be replaced by faster, more efficient processes. Artificial intelligence will play a growing role in increasing productivity within healthcare facilities, allowing healthcare systems to deliver more services to a greater number of patients. In addition to improving patient care, this can directly affect facilities from an operational and financial standpoint. With the integration of advanced AI technologies, providers can spend more time with patients while experiencing reduced burnout – directly contributing to better staff retention and less staff turnover costs.
3) Workforce changes.
In addition to patient care and facility management, AI is expected to change the healthcare workforce and the future of work. Because of AI technologies contribute to increased automation of tasks, there may be a percentage of healthcare jobs that will become automated. However, rather than eliminate jobs, this automation will shift how jobs are performed, especially for administrative roles that may have previously required time-consuming tasks, such as scheduling patient appointments or doing follow-up calls. Facilities can adjust their workforce and hiring needs by minimizing time spent on these types of responsibilities.
Healthcare facilities that embrace artificial intelligence will have an easier transition in using new technologies and processes within their management and operations. Most importantly, the integration of AI will aid in improving patient care and employee morale, both of which are critical for overcoming challenges in the healthcare landscape.
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