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AI-powered Tools and Solutions

(Duke University - Cheng-Yu Chen)


Potential applications for AI include, for example, AI-assisted robotic surgery; Virtual Nursing Assistants; Workflow and administrative tasks; Guidance for decisions about the best medication to treat an individual with conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or depression; Rapid processing of thousands of medical images, to enhance diagnoses; Algorithms to identify individuals who might benefit from genetic testing for a predisposition to certain cancers; Predictions of risk for heart infection in people with implanted heart devices; etc..


AI-assisted Robotic Surgery


Robotic surgeries are considered “minimally invasive” - meaning practitioners replace large incisions with a series of quarter-inch incisions and utilize miniaturized surgical instruments. 

Cognitive surgical robotics combines information from actual surgical experiences to improve surgical techniques. In this type of procedure, medical teams integrate the data from pre-op medical records with real-time operating metrics to improve surgical outcomes. The technique enhances the physician’s instrument precision and can lead to a reduction in a patient’s length of hospital stay post-operation. 


Virtual Nursing Assistants


Virtual nursing assistants could reduce unnecessary hospital visits and lessen the burden on medical professionals. According to a survey, 64 percent of patients reported they would be comfortable with AI virtual nurse assistants, listing the benefits of 24/7 access to answers and support, round-the-clock monitoring, and the ability to get quick answers to questions about medications. 


Workflow and Administrative Tasks


Automation of administrative workflow ensures that care providers prioritize urgent matters and can also help doctors, nurses, and assistants save time on routine tasks. Some applications of AI on the administrative end of health care include voice-to-text transcriptions that automate non-patient care activities like writing chart notes, prescribing medications, and ordering tests.


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