Expertos dicen que la Inteligencia Artificial será esencial para el cuidado de la salud
Experts discuss the uses of AI; say it will be essential in healthcare
by Kristen Lee
Two experts agree: AI will become essential to healthcare. AI can help providers step away from the EHR and enable precision medicine.
Health IT experts and care providers are discovering that the uses of AI in healthcare are numerous. And two experts agree that this technology will become essential.
Anthony Sagel, chief medical officer at Landmark Hospitals in Athens, Ga., and at Technomad, a cloud-based software vendor in Bonita Springs, Fl., and Madison Sample, Jr., M.D., vice chairman of the department of anesthesiology at Methodist Hospital in Chicago, Ill., both have different ideas of the uses of AI in healthcare, ranging from getting providers away from the computer and caring for the patient face-to-face to enabling precision medicine.
Will the use of AI become necessary in healthcare? If so, why?
Anthony Sagel: I've been practicing [medicine] for about 15 years now and I've seen just a dramatic increase and more and more requirements that a physician has on a daily basis and also more and more patients that need to be seen on a daily basis. … What that comes down to is time-consuming measures and how to improve it. … I kind of laugh about this sometimes but our goal ultimately would be to get rid of the keyboard, to get rid of the mouse and to be able to sit down at our EMR … get into our EMR, create our note … place in all the orders, whether it be 40 orders at a time … and get out. Get out of that EMR, get back to the bedside or whatever you need to do but don't sit down at the computer, which is what is happening these days. Physicians are spending hours upon hours daily within that EMR and that's becoming a real problem and I don't see it getting any better unless we have a faster way of getting away from the EMR. EMRs are great but they can bog you down and prevent you from spending more time with the patient or family meetings or whatnot. So that's where I see the importance of [AI] ultimately.
I think it's a no brainer. [AI] will become an essential component of healthcare for multiple reasons.
Madison Sample | Vice chairman of the department of anesthesiology at Methodist Hospital
Why do you think the use of AI will be necessary? What are the uses of AI in healthcare?
Madison Sample: I think it's a no brainer. [AI] will become an essential component of healthcare for multiple reasons. Just the basic reason of what Bill Gates said almost five years ago: The overall knowledge base of our world, it's doubling at such a phenomenal rate. It's increasing at an exponential rate that it's unfair and unrealistic for a physician, for her to know everything about every topic in medicine, and … for an anesthesiologist or an oncologist to know everything in their field … to have AI which can take a very 360 degree view on the patient in front of them, being able to interface with … data streams of knowledge … but also to be able to integrate other aspects, which we often don't talk about a lot, which is the precision medicine, being able to look at a person's own genetic make-up and to be able to know which medicines have a high likelihood of working given that patient's own genetic make-up. I think we're going to have to use AI for that kind of world which is not that far away.
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