Ahead of chairing Innovation Stage at Intelligent Health 2022 (7-8 September, Basel, Switzerland), we asked Kyle Giddens, CEO & Co-Founder at Medcase his thoughts on the future of AI in healthcare.
If you could solve any global health problem in the world with AI, what would it be?
Presuming that was solved, what would your second choice be?
To alleviate the burden of the global shortage of clinicians. The WHO estimates that there is a 4.3 million global shortage of physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals. Through streamlining patient journeys, assisting diagnostic processes, and improving workflows, I would love to see clinicians be able to spend their time in the most efficient way possible.
How do you think Ai will make its biggest mark in healthcare in the next 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
What excites you most about the application of AI in healthcare?
To lead to better patient outcomes and make the world a better place, of course! We often talk about technology ‘making the world a better place’. But how often does that happen? In healthcare, AI has made the world a better place!
What’s your biggest fear in relation to the application of AI in the health/medicine field?
Healthcare will always require compassion, kindness and affection - qualities provided by human contact that we are not trying to replace using AI. However, AI does allow, from the clinician’s point of view, for more mundane tasks to be automatically completed. From the patient’s point of view, AI allows them to efficiently prepare before in-person visits. Ultimately, this frees up time for both the patients and clinicians to make their in-person opportunities more meaningful.
What does AI mean for the skill requirements of health professionals? How will it change?
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