SBV Journal of Basic, Clinical and Applied Health Science
Volume 2 | Issue 2 | Year 2019

Artificial Intelligence and Health Care: A Perspective

Subhash C Parija1, Sukanto Sarkar2

1Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pillaiyarkuppam, Puducherry, India
2Department of Psychiatry, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry, India

Corresponding Author: Sukanto Sarkar, Department of Psychiatry, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry, India, Phone: +91 9655489210, e-mail: sukantosarkar@mgmcri.ac.in

How to cite this article Parija SC, Sarkar S. Artificial Intelligence and Health Care: A Perspective. J Basic Clin Appl Health Sci 2019;2(2):53.

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Conflict of interest: None

It is no more than a fact that artificial intelligence, i.e., intelligent machines working and reacting like humans, has already become part of our lives. It would not be uncommon to have experienced virtual assistants in our mobile phones. It is only a matter of time, when the healthcare team would be witnessing the surge of artificial intelligence application in health care.1

It was just a year ago when Google showcased its artificial intelligence deep learning effects on the retinal scan. Studies are showing the scope of wider use of artificial intelligence in certain functional areas of health care, such as radiology. In addition, an artificial intelligence system is expected to help in reducing diagnostic and therapeutic errors that are inevitable in the human clinical practice. According to a 2016 report from CB insights, about 86% of healthcare provider organizations are spending on artificial intelligence. By 2020, these organizations will spend an average of $54 million on artificial intelligence projects.2

Artificial intelligence will make a huge impact on the key areas of health care. The first being the management of medical records.1 The movement is evident that at present it is not just data management but data automation. The facilitation of repetitive accurate tasks in health care will prove immensely beneficial. This feature of artificial intelligence may be particularly useful in diagnostics. The virtual nurses in assisting staff with nonpatient procedural tasks have already become a reality. This allows better engagement between the nursing staff and patients.3 Also, health monitoring and tracking have come to the personal displays of the smartwatches. However, the proliferation of digital app consultation and management is rather a bothersome issue to be addressed. Artificial intelligence also aims to mimic human cognitive functions.4 It will bring a paradigm shift to health care, by increasing the availability of healthcare data and rapid progress of medical data analysis.

The advancements in artificial intelligence boast “precision” as the selling quality. But, machine learning system is not devoid of pitfalls. The report of Royal College, UK, on artificial intelligence and health care is as follows:1

Thus, the need of the hour is to search answers for the most daunting questions,5 namely

The future of artificial intelligence is immense. But, we are sure that human physicians will not be replaced by machines. However, artificial intelligence can definitely assist physicians to make better clinical decisions or even replace human judgment in certain functional areas of health care.3 The only plausible way to address these complex issues is early involvement of the medical fraternity as partners in the creation of the tool and not just receiving as end users.


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