In addition to reducing hassles and tedious tasks for physicians, AI has the potential to save more lives. Lambrecht knows of a hospital where AI is helping to predict whether liver cancer patients need chemotherapy or surgery.
“Physicians will become convinced that it is really a new tool in their toolbox, a very powerful one, that will help them make better decisions for their patients,” Lambrecht says.
Some organizations are also using AI-based scheduling programs, particularly where there are a large number of physicians and ancillary staff to keep on a tight schedule. The possibilities and as the technology evolves, Lambrecht is sure the uses for AI will only expand.
For those physicians who are nervous that AI could one day replace them, Lambrecht says that it is highly unlikely. “What AI will do is take out a little bit of that variability that exists in medicine.”