AI Technology Might Determine Our Medical Future
Hang up that oh-so-sophisticated digital stethoscope in a backroom closet. Cover the EKG machine and roll it away. A new day of artificial intelligence is here for medical practices everywhere.
Medical offices, in too many cases, are as outdated as the rolltop desk. Old stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs (sphygmomanometer) inflated by hand, and tongue depressors speak of an age left in the dust by medical science.
New age, algorithm-based healthcare is forcing a reconceptualization of medicine in all its entirety and opening new research and treatment vistas unimagined previously.
Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek, the father of modern microbiology, would have been delighted.
Today, we seek care based on rapid, accurate diagnosis and treatment based on medical breakthroughs brought about by algorithms. In some instances, a cancer diagnosis can be made within seconds by an AI algorithm.
Who Will Benefit?
Technological innovations in healthcare, especially in home-based evaluation, will revolutionize anyone's ability to reach a medical professional quickly. Considering the advances that have been made, we also need to consider who will benefit most from these innovations and who will be left wanting.
The website, Poverty USA.org, provides context for us in terms of who may purchase the new medical technologies. Who are the impoverished?
“All those who make less than the Federal government's official poverty threshold, which for a family of four is about $25,700. New people working at minimal wage, even holding down multiple jobs. Seniors living on fixed income. Wage-earners suddenly out of work. Millions of families everywhere from our cities to rural communities.
“Poverty does not strike all demographics equally. For example, in 2018, 10.6% of men, and 12.9% of women lived in…