3. Artificial intelligence
Though artificial intelligence (AI) is currently being used in both administrative and clinical functions, experts believe that the next decade could see the technology taking a more direct role in clinical decision making.
The use of AI to design treatment plans, manage medications, assist with repetitive administrative tasks, and promote predictive medicine could grow the AI technology market to more than $10 billion by 2024, according to a report by Accenture. The growth in AI in the next decade will also ease workforce deficits. Projected physician shortages have many healthcare organizations beefing up care teams with physician assistants and nurses, and AI could help those care teams with decision making, according to a report by Research and Markets.
Technology that enables AI can make genomics more accessible to care teams, and assist with chronic care management, Ebadollahi says.
“The role of artificial intelligence is to help practitioners sift through knowledge, publications, and hard to analyze data,” Ebadollahi says.
Ebadollahi adds that AI already has different adoption rates depending on the healthcare sector, but in the next five years the technology will be more commonplace in the hands of physicians and nurses as they diagnose and create treatment plans.
The use of more AI, and data in general, will also lead to new roles, says Ebadollahi. “On a healthcare team of physicians, nurses, and physician assistants, it won’t be a remote idea to have a data scientist as a part of the team.”