Many do not understand that artificial intelligence is used by most of us every day. From auto-filling personal information on forms to maps and navigation, it is very prominent in our lives. The first keynote session of the recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference discussed different examples and possible outcomes of using this technology.
AI is all Around Us
The speakers joked about technology, such as robots, taking over the world. However, this tends to be a common concern for those who don’t fully understand technology. Many people who do not understand artificial intelligence fear the outcomes of using it. Additionally, people who research this field have concerns with the level of technology being used.
What many people do not realize is that most of us use AI every day without knowing it. Throughout my coursework, I have developed a positive opinion of this technology. I think it could greatly benefit the population. I also think that we should prioritize research in this field.
AI in Health Information
Privacy of health information is very concerning. A key issue that was discussed involved ethical principles. AI systems can benefit the community and reduce work. It can also automatically make decisions based on data algorithms, which provides another community benefit.
One possible outcome is using technology to predict diseases based on symptoms and lab results stored in patient-data systems. The technology can prevent disease or catch the disease at an earlier stage.
Ethically, many people are concerned. The speakers at the HIMSS conference shared that they are not concerned about advancing this technology. Personally, I think developing the technology has been a long time coming. I hope that we continue with the growth of artificial intelligence.
This session opened my eyes to the depth of artificial intelligence. Not only can it make our everyday life easier, but it can aid in preventive medicine. With further research, the technology can detect patterns within patients and potentially help the population stay healthy.
By: Lauren Storms, EKU Health Services Administration Student
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