of AI in Healthcare
AI is revolutionizing industries at an unprecedented rate. Although this growing technological marvel promises to improve the way we diagnose diseases and receive treatment, there are many concerns that cause skepticism toward the full adaptation of AI in medicine – at least for now.
In our previous article, we talked about AI’s involvement in advancing the healthcare industry. In this article, we will unpack some of the drawbacks that concern many.
Increased Security Risk
AI systems face security vulnerabilities, presenting a significant challenge to the healthcare sector where safeguarding patient data confidentiality is paramount. Cybercriminals are also using AI tools to break into medical databases, making it possible to steal medical and personal information from patients for malicious activities.
The Need for Personal Touch
Advancements of AI in healthcare have been remarkable, yet human involvement and monitoring remain indispensable. Humans possess a unique ability to discern behavioral cues and empathize with patients – a capability beyond the reach of machines. At times, these human observations play a crucial role in medical diagnoses which can avert many potential complications.
Rise in Unemployment Rates
As AI gets better, it slowly creeps into jobs traditionally performed by humans. From chatbots that serve as medical assistants, to robots reading and interpreting X-ray results, the efficiency and accuracy of AI just keep getting far better than any human capability. While robots might not be stealing the doctor’s stethoscope just yet, it is evident that many positions in the medical profession will soon be obsolete as AI takes over
Inaccuracies And Errors
Medical AI relies on extensive diagnostic data, but when information is lacking for specific illnesses, demographics, or environmental factors, the risk of misdiagnosis rises. This is especially critical in prescribing medications, as gaps in knowledge about certain populations and their responses to treatments can pose challenges in diagnosing and treating patients within those groups.
Misdiagnosis and negligence do happen, and when they do, doctors and other practitioners involved can be held accountable. But in a medical field heavily driven by AI, who will be the subject of complaints in cases of malpractice? You certainly can’t sue robots. Are we still going after the doctors? Or does the AI developer have more of a hand in the matter and, therefore should be the one accountable? As using AI replaces people performing crucial tasks, this could also blur the rules of accountability when things go wrong.
AI has come a long way, but it is still in its early stages. It is displacing people in certain jobs, but there will always be the need for the human touch in one way or another.
Luckwell Solutions is a forward-thinking company that embraces a future with healthcare shaped by AI. Technology makes great tools, and Luckwell always uses the latest ones to help medical practitioners deliver efficient and uninterrupted service to patients. Addressing the issues of privacy, Luckwell is SOC 2-certified, so data protection is always at the highest level.
On top of this, we at Luckwell employ and continuously develop the best talents in the industry to make up our team. Get to know us more to learn how we can help fulfill the staffing needs of your home healthcare business.
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