A view of the future state of healthcare is provided by 125 healthcare industry respondents to the 2018 Advisory Board Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Survey.
Currently, predictive analytics and AI are used primarily to describe and retrospectively analyze outcomes. The future state will be moving from predicting what is likely to happen to the automation of medical decisions, and 44% of large organizations believe this use will be transformative.
Analytics use for clinical and financial data is pervasive among the respondents and almost 12% are now using artificial intelligence for clinical support and population health management, while 30% have specific plans to do so.
As expected, technology will be the enabler; facilitated by smartphones and wearables and the ability to integrate partner data and social media. Inevitable applications include medication dosing and radiology interpretation – and aspirationally, full diagnosis and development of treatment plans. Importantly, there has been a marked shift in leadership of future development from the organization’s chief information officer (CIO) in 2015 to shared leadership of the C-suite in 2018.
Improving healthcare delivery will no doubt lead to lower costs in the long term and private industry is leading this change.