Medical decision-making is a highly complex process. Providers must weigh information from many sources, including accepted best practices, in-house protocols, the current medical literature and their own clinical judgment. In the acute care setting, this synthesis of ideas often occurs under time pressure. Given these realities, it’s no wonder that medical errors and missteps are so common.
Fortunately, advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are putting a wealth of information at providers’ fingertips — in many cases instantly. AI uses complex computer algorithms to make sense of unstructured data. It can discern useful patterns in physician notes, journal articles, public databases and other sources and transform these findings into actionable intelligence. Here are just a few of the ways AI is already making healthcare safer and more cost effective: Modernizing Medicine is a cloud-based EHR that leverages an enormous data warehouse to anticipate treatment decisions and provide personalized care recommendations.