The Potential Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare


AI is rapidly becoming ubiquitous in our lives. However, amidst all the hype, it is important not to disregard the potential dangers and responsibilities that come with this technology.

While some may dismiss the general chatter around AI as uninformed, there are already promising signs of its positive impact on public healthcare. Researchers at the University of Aberdeen, NHS Grampian, and an industry partner have made a breakthrough in using AI to detect breast cancer faster. By analyzing a large number of mammograms, they were able to identify potentially missed cancer cases, leading to improved patient outcomes and the possibility of recalling previously undetected cases.

However, while there are clear benefits to AI in healthcare, challenges and ethical considerations must also be addressed. The roles of medical professionals will undoubtedly change, with routine diagnostics handled by AI systems. This requires healthcare professionals to adapt and acquire new skills to work alongside AI.

Moreover, concerns about the concentration of AI expertise in a few consultancy firms and potential monopolization of healthcare services may arise. The ethical implications of relying on AI for emotional support and understanding, particularly in mental health issues, must be carefully considered. Patients may not fully trust AI diagnoses as much as those delivered by human medical professionals, and the intrusion and control over personal lives by AI systems may raise privacy concerns.