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Can AI technologies decrease the incidence of surgical errors?

Artificial intelligence and machine-learning technologies are starting to become an increasing presence in day-to-day life. A recent report suggests that medical professionals and their patients in Delaware and across the United States may start seeing these technologies play a bigger role in their health care. According to the report, the benefits of new technology such as simplifying processes and minimizing surgical errors could outweigh the cost of implementation to the tune of $150 billion per year across the United States.

One of the most talked about advancements is robot-assisted surgery. With robotic surgeries, the large incisions made in human-run procedures are replaced with multiple small cuts. This allows miniaturized surgical instruments to enter the body, a process which is less invasive and may reduce the risk of surgical errors.

Virtual nursing assistants and automated administrative workflow assistance are other developments that could save hospitals in Delaware and across the country billions in the future. Major hospitals have already started implementing such solutions, and health tech startups are growing in popularity. It remains to be seen which will have a long-term impact on the realities of health care in the United States.

While the implementation of AI technologies may cut down on human error in medical environments, machines are still prone to surgical errors of their own. Other concerns, such as data privacy and patient trust are also factors. Nonetheless, many hospitals are moving forward with these technologies. Those who are victims of a surgical error, either due to human error or machine malfunction, should contact a Delaware lawyer for counsel legal options.

Source: venturebeat.com, "The 3 most valuable applications of AI in health care", Deena Zaidi, April 22, 2018

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