In our weekly Trends that Matter series, we provide engaging infographics, articles and recent news from healthcare influencers to highlight general trends affecting the pharmaceutical industry. This week's featured topic is what consumers think about the potential applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in the healthcare field.
Many health IT companies are already beginning to experiment with AI in the hopes of solving complex medical challenges. For example, the company Triggr Health uses machine learning to help individuals recover from opioid, alcohol, and other substance dependencies.
How Do Consumers Feel About Medical AI?
They have mixed feelings. Here's one example from a global artificial intelligence survey conducted by Northstar Research:
"We asked consumers to consider a scenario in the year 2050, where AI doctors have been proven to be better at diagnosing patients than a human doctor. Consumer preferences are largely split down the middle: half would prefer an AI doctor, while the other half would prefer a human. The proportion of consumers preferring the AI robot doctor is highest in Asia, unsurprisingly given they appear to be more willing adopters of AI tech (especially versus Europe)."
To learn more about this topic, download the full report "Awareness, Acceptance and Anticipation of AI."