No longer the stuff of science fiction, artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare seems to be slowly becoming a reality. The government has pledged to leverage the enormous potential of AI to save money and free up clinicians. But at a time when trusts still rely on fax machines and the labour for paper-to-digital document transfers, can we realise the benefits during our lifetime?
One thing is for sure, the current disjointed, semi-digital infrastructure cannot nurture or sustain the integration of AI. But the political sounds being made might make an optimist think that we’ve turned a corner.
So, we’ve taken some time to explore what AI really is, where it’s already making a difference in healthcare, what we can expect to see, and what problems lie ahead.