How close are we to AI-automated healthcare?


We have seen incredible progress in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) over the past few years, especially through the application of deep learning algorithms. AI systems will get even better as more data is collected, so faster data gathering and better data integration should lead to smarter and more useful AI systems. Recently I described a new class of system that I believe will take form and leverage AI and combine workflow automation to improve how care is delivered -- I termed this: "Intelligent Clinical Decision Automation." This AI-powered automation will consume vast amounts of data and will automate entire processes or workflows, learning and adapting as it goes. Some clinicians and others may be concerned that this sort of automation removes the "gut instinct" of the experienced professional from the mix, but in fact it is that sort of thinking and reasoning process -- even unconscious reasoning process -- that is embodied in this approach.