Hospitals are planning to ramp up the use of robots in the next one to three years -- and the momentum will include clinical applications as well as automating simple tasks. "Robots can deliver value by automating manual and laborious tasks," IDC Health Insights research director Mutaz Shegewi said. "But they will also be increasingly adopted for direct clinical applications and emergent use cases." IDC investigated healthcare providers' plans for both robots and drones. As of now, 31.3 percent of participants told IDC they have robots in action and the consultancy anticipates their use will become more common as healthcare entities better understand how they can automate processes, mitigate expenses and improve clinical care delivery.
"If AI vendors hope to fulfill the potential of their applications in hospitals and medical institutions, they must help implement the communications, network and IT infrastructure necessary to deliver actionable analytics," said Pierce Owen, principal analyst at ABI. "Unfortunately, clinicians in most hospitals often must work with pen and paper or pagers from twenty years ago and have limited access to secure, networked devices. These institutions need help to collect data in a secure manner and deliver actionable analytics while staying compliant with all regulations." "We as a society need AI to transform the healthcare sector across the board. Already, people without insurance cannot afford care, and the massive increases in costs and healthcare spending will become a drag and burden on the economy if they continue. Luckily, a couple of these AI applications have already proven they can save money and lives," said Owen.
The Internet of Things is influencing nearly every aspect of our lives. Everything from our home appliances to traffic signals to our workplaces is connected to the Internet, and the network only continues to expand. It seems that no industry is left untouched by the IoT, and that includes healthcare. In fact, some have even argued that healthcare is perhaps the best place for IoT applications. Here, connected devices have the potential to increase access to providers, improve the quality of care thanks to more accurate patient information, and allow patients to take more control over their overall health.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) which is changing the world, is making its presence felt in the healthcare sector. The rapid pace at which the scientific innovations are taking place, the expansion of AI into various healthcare verticals and the fact that the efficiency of systems can be improved using AI are some of the factors that are currently driving the market, believe researchers.
"I want to build a business which profiles every single researcher and healthcare professional in the world and I want to sell it to industry," says Ariel Katz, the co-founder and chief executive of H1 Insights. With the healthcare industry on a mission to digitize and analyze every conceivable datapoint it can to wring more efficiencies out of its incredibly fragmented and broken system, for Katz, there's no opportunity that seems more obvious than giving the industry data on its own professionals. The idea may sound like nothing more than creating a LinkedIn for healthcare professionals, but building an accurate account of the professional ecosystem could be a huge help to businesses as diverse as pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, insurers, and, eventually, consumers. For Katz, it's the continuation of a longstanding mission to create transparency for datasets that were previously opaque. Katz sold his first company, Research Connection (which became LabSpot), three years ago.