Is Your Organization Ready for Emerging Technologies?
September 5, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Health System
Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality have the potential to dramatically change healthcare, and their use in healthcare is expected to increase by up to 40% by 2023, says an August 16, 2018, article in Health Facilities Management. Healthcare organizations must prepare for this growth, the author says, by creating a strategic master plan to reflect the potential future uses of artificial intelligence, or computers that mimic human thinking and learning patterns; augmented reality, which involves the integration of digital information and images into an environment in real time; virtual reality, which is an interactive, computer-generated three-dimensional (3-D) environment; and 3-D printing. The author describes already existing uses of artificial intelligence, for instance to assist infection control efforts. One Indiana healthcare organization uses artificial intelligence to aid infection control by using predictive analytics to create a data visualization platform, providing a visual alert for providers, the author explains.