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The AI-powered Future: Will We Live Healthier, Longer Lives?

Ayesha Naser Alhosani, Medical laboratory Technologist, NMC Royal Hospital, UAE.

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rtificial Intelligence (AI) signifies the development of computer systems or software capable of executing tasks traditionally within the realm of human intelligence. These tasks span learning, reasoning, problem-solving, perception, natural language understanding, and environmental interaction. In the fusion of technological science with human intellect, AI emerges as a potent force for efficiency and precision. Drawing from my background in Medical Laboratory Sciences, particularly in genomics, precision medicine, and the clinical field, I offer insights into the diverse opinions regarding AI’s future in healthcare.

Therefore, the transformative blend of technologies and human intellect, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a groundbreaking force in healthcare. Its capacity to perform tasks that traditionally required human intelligence, spanning learning, reasoning, problem-solving, and even understanding natural language, positions AI as a catalyst for optimal efficiency and precision. Rooted in my experience within laboratory sciences, particularly in genomics and precision medicine, I offer insights into the dynamic landscape of AI’s role in healthcare. The discourse surrounding AI’s future in this sector is diverse, with opinions ranging from concerns about job displacement to the potential for unparalleled advancements. In this exploration, I delve into the myriad benefits of AI, emphasizing its capacity to revolutionize healthcare practices, from individual patient care to broader public health initiatives.

AI in Healthcare Sector

Opinions on AI’s role in the healthcare industry vary, with individuals weighing its advantages and disadvantages. I aim to delve into the potential benefits, considering the transformative impact it can have on optimizing efficiency and precision. While concerns about job displacement arise, a shift in perspective prompts a question:

Could AI not afford us more time to harness our own intelligence, enabling more efficient and accurate business management?

From my standpoint, the answer is affirmative, emphasizing the potential for individual success as successful managers.

In the healthcare sector, AI has demonstrated remarkable advancements, notably in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It has introduced methods that reduce costs, enhance accuracy, and mitigate human errors, thereby improving overall efficiency. Precision medicine and drug discovery have seen promising outcomes, with plans to expand AI integration in these fields. My recent participation in the AI and innovation in healthcare conference with specialized experts and professional doctors conference in the UAE have highlighted successful government-led projects, such as the AI-Robotic Surgical Assist project, which underwent rigorous clinical trials, audits, and validations under doctor guidance is very promising.

While acknowledging the power of machines and programs as tools, it’s crucial to recognize that they cannot be 100% certain without human intelligence. For instance, the patient’s emotional state remain challenges for robots. Nevertheless, AI serves as a valuable tool and support in healthcare, aiding in generating new ideas and streamlining processes.

From Diagnosis to Prevention

The integration of technology, especially digital platforms and AI, holds the potential to foster healthier lifestyles and longer life spans. Preventive healthcare, through mobile apps and wearables, facilitates early identification of health issues. Similarly, personalized medicine, driven by genomics, tailors interventions based on individual genetic makeup.

However, In the administrative roles and higher management, where tasks like document management and data analysis demand significant attention, AI offers compelling solutions. Embracing more efficient methods can led us to be less stress and maintain the confidentiality of critical information.

Moreover, the potential of AI in healthcare extends beyond individual patient care to broader public health initiatives.

AI can play a pivotal role in analyzing large datasets to identify patterns, predict disease outbreaks, and optimize resource allocation. This data-driven approach enables healthcare providers and authorities to implement proactive measures, enhancing overall disease prevention and population health management. Additionally, AI-driven decision support systems can assist clinicians in making more informed choices by synthesizing vast amounts of medical information, contributing to better diagnosis and treatment strategies. As AI continues to evolve, its integration into healthcare promises not only to improve individual health outcomes but also to revolutionize the way we approach and address public health challenges on a global scale.

AI Healthcare’s Next Steps

Looking ahead, continuous development and responsible implementation of AI in healthcare are essential. As we navigate this transformative era, it is crucial to establish ethical guidelines and regulations that prioritize patient privacy, data security, and equitable access to AI-driven healthcare solutions.

Collaboration between healthcare professionals, technologists, policy-makers, and the community to ensure that AI remains a supportive force in enhancing patient care.

Additionally, ongoing research and innovation in AI applications, coupled with a commitment to transparency and accountability, will contribute to building trust in the integration of AI into the healthcare landscape. With a thoughtful approach, AI has the potential to revolutionize healthcare, advancing a future where personalized, efficient, and accessible medical solutions contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities.

In conclusion, my optimism lies in AI contributing to healthier, longer lives by providing more personal time and improving workplace balance, especially in healthcare. It should be perceived as a helpful tool rather than a human replacement, with a clearly defined purpose and authorized human-friendly framework. I believe, here in UAE with the visionary leadership and government initiatives, the future of AI in UAE healthcare appears promising, poised to enhance well-being and positively impact lives.

Source: MedEdge