Five Emerging Concerns for the Health Care Industry as AI & Telehealth Converge
The use of telehealth continues to grow rapidly across the U.S. Given legislative proposals and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services efforts to expand access to telehealth, we can only anticipate that remotely engaging with healthcare providers is here to stay. In fact, the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that between April and July 2021, 24.5% of adults in the U.S. had a virtual care appointment with a healthcare professional over video or phone. Given the continued persistence of COVID-19 and the ease and convenience for both provider and patient, telehealth services will most likely remain popular even as the option of in-person appointments regains footing.
On a parallel front, artificial intelligence (AI) is also driving considerable advancements in patient care. Advances in AI offer a powerful way to create clinical and operational efficiency in today’s healthcare system. According to a study by MIT, 72% of healthcare professional respondents showed interest in implementing AI in healthcare delivery. In the field of radiology, as just one of many examples, AI can already be used to find patterns in CT scans, mammography, and other imaging modes that help radiologists more accurately diagnose […]