The global pandemic has increased our awareness of the importance of our personal health and the vulnerability of global healthcare systems. We’ve all realized how antiquated many of our health-care systems are, and that we can move at breakneck speed if we really want to. This has already resulted in a tremendous increase in both artificial intelligence investment and implementation in the health and medical ecosystems.
Unprecedented scientific advancements benefited modern medicine in the twentieth century, resulting in improvements in every aspect of healthcare. As a result, the average lifespan of humans has increased from 31 years in 1900 to 72 years in 2017. I believe we are on the verge of yet another healthcare revolution, this time fueled by artificial intelligence (AI). AI advancements will, in fact, ushers in a new era of modern medicine. Everything from patient records and radiological data to wearable computing and multiomics is being digitized in the healthcare industry.
This will transform healthcare into a data-driven sector, and it will take advantage of AI’s ability to improve over time as more data is collected.
By absorbing and checking billions of instances and outcomes, AI can do a much better job of diagnosis and therapy than human doctors when there is enough data. AI can take everyone’s data into consideration to personalize treatment or stay up with a large number of new medications, treatments, and studies, it is impossible for humans to do this entire well. In the next 20 years, I believe diagnostic AI will surpass all but the greatest doctors. In studies on brain tumors, eye disorders, breast cancer, skin cancer, and lung cancer, AI trained on large data outperformed clinicians in key areas of medical diagnosis. More research is needed, but when these technologies are implemented and more data is collected, AI has the potential to outperform doctors.
Diagnostic AI for general practitioners will soon be available, one disease at a time, to eventually cover all diagnoses. Over time, AI may be able to replace your family doctor or general practitioner.