Health Systems Focus On Digital Technologies

There could be a greater focus on digital health technologies in 2022, after a recent report revealed medical professionals believe it could have a huge impact on healthcare provision.

According to the December 2021 KLAS and Center for Connected Medicine survey, more than a third (36 per cent) of health executives think patient access could be improved with more digital health tech and innovation.

What’s more, 38 per cent consider artificial intelligence (AI) to be the most exciting emerging technology in the healthcare sector, as it includes machine learning, robotic process automation and predictive analysis.

This means staff can be alleviated of endless administrative tasks, freeing up their time for more valuable jobs.

As much as 72 per cent of healthcare executives said they would trust AI to carry out non-clinical, administrative processes, as this tends to take time away from their patients. By giving paperwork to AI, clinicians can focus on providing better quality care.

What’s more, 40 per cent are looking forward to the potential AI has to improve diagnosis and predict outcomes.

Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire is trialling a new AI tool that will assess brain patterns to provide a verdict of dementia, the National Health Executive revealed.

A scan of the brain, in addition to machine learning of standard memory tests, will enable the diagnostic tool to provide earlier detection of cognitive decline. Presently, a combination of CT, PET and MRI scans, as well as lumbar procedures are required for a diagnosis.

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