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The days of Marcus Welby are long gone and as baby boomers get older and people live longer, your local family doctor is going to get busier.

That’s one reason AI will be beneficial right from the start, Your doctor will be able to spend more time with the patient. AI will silently and intelligently work in the background while your doctor focuses on delivering face-to-face care.

Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics does a great job explaining the pros and cons of AI in medicine. We will break it down and highlight it for you:

  1. PRO – PROVIDES REAL-TIME DATA

With AI, doctors can leverage better data to expedite critical decision-making. Generating faster results cuts down costs and patient wait times.

Real-time analytics can help improve physician-patient relationships. Additionally, making vital patient data available through mobile devices can engage patients with their treatments. Mobile alerts can inform doctors and nurses of changes in patient statuses.

Christopher C. Yang, the Drexel University Information Science professor. says, “As AI technology is becoming more advanced, more data can be collected than traditional medical institutions could ever possibly accumulate.”

  1. PRO – STREAMLINES TASKS

Drexel University: AI has already changed healthcare practices everywhere. Innovations include appointment scheduling, translating clinical details, and tracking patient histories. AI is enabling healthcare facilities to streamline more tedious and meticulous tasks. For example, intelligent radiology technology is able to identify important visual markers, saving hours of analysis. Automating tedious tasks can free up schedules to allow for more patient interfacing.

  1. PRO – REDUCES DOCTOR STRESS

Research reports that over half of primary physicians feel stressed from deadline pressures and other workplace conditions. AI helps streamline procedures, automate functions, and organize operations, all of which help relieve medical professionals of juggling too many tasks.

Dr. Yang says, “The most significant contributor to physician burnout is patient load and the nature of the profession. However, as AI can assist with more time-intensive operations, explaining diagnoses for example, medical professionals may experience some stress alleviation.”

  1. CON – LEADS TO UNEMPLOYMENT

While AI may help cut costs and reduce clinician pressure, it can also render some jobs obsolete. This may result in displaced professionals who spent many years and vast sums of money in their education,

  1. CON – misdiagnosIs

In cases where little data exists on particular illnesses, demographics, or environmental factors, a misdiagnosis is entirely possible. This is especially important when prescribing medicine.

Dr. Yang continues, “No matter the system, there is always some portion of missing data. In the case with prescriptions, some information regarding certain populations and reactions to treatments may be absent. This occurrence can lead to issues with diagnosing and treating patients belonging to certain demographics.”

As you can see, the pros beat the cons. And as AI continues to advance, it promises extraordinary benefits to the medical field. Whether it’s a patient or a doctor, lives everywhere will be improving thanks to AI.