Technology changes and evolves at the blink of an eye. A new invention this year can be obsolete the next. However, some technological advancements survive the test of time, as is sure to be the case with machine learning. It’s the first step toward artificial intelligence (AI), and it’s already making huge strides in the healthcare industry.
Virtual personal health assistants
At the helm of the AI revolution are virtual personal health assistants. Many people already use these apps so often that they’ve forgotten how revolutionary they are. We call them by their names — Siri, Cortana, Alexa, etc. — and address them via our phones, TVs, and computers.
When applied to the healthcare industry, virtual assistants help users in various ways. You can ask medical questions or document your symptoms for upcoming appointments. You can also set reminders for health-related tasks, like a doctor’s appointment or an alarm for taking medicine.
Virtual health coaches are a great help to people with chronic illnesses. For example, patients struggling with obesity, diabetes, and other long-term health conditions can find encouragement and comfort in an AI coach that regularly monitors and analyzes their vital statistics. Virtual health coaches can also provide accurate dietary and medical advice based on the patients’ collected health data.
Healthcare bots are also making waves in the healthcare industry because they provide quick answers when healthcare providers are not immediately available. Bots are accessible via the internet or over the phone 24/7, and can provide immediate, affordable, and legitimate medical advice to those who need it.
Moreover, bots help healthcare providers minimize administrative and billing tasks, so they can focus more time on medical care. Bots can ask patients about their medical history, allergies, and what medical concerns they have.
With all the technological advances discussed in this article, it is apparent that AI brings innumerable benefits to patients and healthcare providers. Our team specializes in IT support for the healthcare industry. Whether you need help achieving regulatory compliance or taking advantage of the latest technology, we can help. Give us a call today to get started.