AI in all medical devices, including orthopedic surgical robotics, is experiencing a dramatic shift.
AI, digital health, and all its applications have dominated the headlines for more than five years. This has intensified since the launch of the world’s most familiar mode of AI—ChatGPT. A media frenzy and an accessible user interface have started bare knuckles competitions between tech goliaths and small disruptors to use the technology to solve many problems.
Why Is This Important?
Many healthcare providers are applying ChatGPT (or similar offerings) to clinical applications. Often, speakers at medtech meetings say one of the best sources for new clinical applications on care delivery is in current non-clinical applications of digital health or AI that offer auspicious solutions to the most pressing issues in healthcare today.
The U.S. healthcare system is tarnished by its high costs, complexities, and inefficiency; problems that many have tried to solve through a variety of methods for decades. Even Atul Gawande, M.D., author of the Checklist Manifesto1 (and a personal hero of mine) could not make Haven healthcare work, even with all the money and support of Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Jamie Dimon behind him.
Our healthcare industry confronts new, unique, and pressing challenges today, including financial constraints revealed by COVID-19, healthcare provider shortages, and other concerns in the face of a surging demand for care. Some say these can be addressed by AI. According to McKinsey, there is $1 trillion of improvement capacity in the healthcare industry that AI can help unpack (Table 1).2
AI in the Global Healthcare Market
The combination of opportunity and urgency produce a persuasive case for the prioritization of non-clinical AI healthcare applications as demonstrated by recent activity across the industry.
AI Workflow Solutions: Nebraska Medicine and Northwell Health are the most recent healthcare systems to deploy AI workflow technology from Laudio to improve retention, labor productivity, quality, service, and safety. The company’s solution automates repetitive work while providing best practices through daily recommendations to help clinical and operational staff.4
By Maria Shepherd | Orthopedic Design & Technology
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