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The Ways in which AI is being Implemented in the UK Healthcare System

Written by

Mariapaula Arroyave

Date posted

8 December, 2023

In the field of healthcare, Coyle Medical places an importance on technology, specifically the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its impact on supporting patient care . As we navigate the ever-evolving industry of technology and healthcare, the significance of AI has become clear as it revolutionises the traditional ways in which we offer patient care.

At Coyle Medical, we ensure all our nurses are up to date with the necessary training needed to work with the latest technologies. If you are a qualified nurse, actively looking for an advancement in your career, find out more about our nursing roles here.

In this article, we’ll delve further into the impact of AI on healthcare and how technological advancements are redefining the day-to-day responsibilities of our nurses.

What is AI?

AI is a field of technology and computer science that focuses on creating systems capable of performing tasks that imitate human intelligence. These tasks can include (but not limited to):

1. Problem solving

AI plays a pivotal role in problem solving within the healthcare sector, aiding in bringing solutions to various challenges. This is done by analysing data, identifying patterns, and generating solutions. These problems are then broken down into smaller, manageable parts and applying algorithms to find optimal or near-optimal solutions.

2. Reasoning

Reasoning forms the foundation for intelligent decision-making. This involves the ability to make logical deductions and reach conclusions based on the information that is available. AI uses rules, logic, and knowledge representation to simulate human-like reasoning processes.

There are two main types of reasoning in AI: deductive reasoning, where conclusions are drawn from general principles, and inductive reasoning, where general principles are inferred from specific observations.

3. Perception

AI systems strive to emulate human-like perception using sensors, data processing, and pattern recognition. This includes computer vision for image recognition, natural language processing for understanding and generating human language, and other sensor-based technologies.

4. Learning

Learning is a crucial aspect of AI, and it involves the ability of systems to improve their performance over time based on experience. It also involves creating the goal of making the AI more understandable for people to trust and work with it better.

These emerging technologies can drastically revolutionise global health outcomes as it picks up on subtle differences that the human eye is unable to notice. AI is revolutionising the healthcare industry, which will be explored further.

Using AI for Diagnostics

AI can analyse large amounts of medical data and images, like X-rays or MRI’ s, to identify abnormalities or even potential diseases that the human eye is unable to notice. AI can also aid in decision making, enabling healthcare professionals to make better-informed decisions when it comes to their patient care.

Furthermore, using different kind of information about a patient’s health can help doctors understand their health better and therefore keeps an eye on how their condition changes over time. This can also incorporate predictive analytics which can help identify trends and patterns in patient data, making it easier for nurses to treat their patients.

Using AI for Surgical Assistance

The integration of robotic surgical systems driven by AI not only enhances the precision and minimally invasive nature of medical procedures but also plays a significant role in supporting and benefiting the way in which nurses offer compassionate care to patients. This has been proven over time, with advancements in CT, ultrasound, MRI, along with the use of MIS and robotic assistance, having improved surgical planning and reduced patient trauma for better recovery.

Nurses, being an essential part of the surgical team, experience the positive impact of these advancements firsthand. These robots are accurate and contain built-in arms, cameras, and other necessary devices to carry out medical procedures with high accuracy. This allows for nurses to focus more on the emotional support and post-operative monitoring aspect, while relying on AI to assist in making well-informed surgical decisions.

Using AI as Mental Health Support

Chatbots are becoming more prevalent in providing support and are a channel of communication for individuals receiving mental health treatment. They assist in managing symptoms and can also identify specific keywords that may need a referral and immediate connection with a human mental health expert .

For nurses, this means that patients have an additional resource that can assist in managing symptoms and providing timely interventions. Furthermore, the regular interaction allows for nurses to gain insights into the patient’s mental health over time, which links to understanding their condition.

Using AI as a Virtual Assistant

A Virtual Nursing Assistant would mean personalised monitoring, with the patients’ data and medical history available on demand. They could potentially monitor and alert healthcare providers when there are significant abnormalities, resulting in earliery intervention and reducing the risk of adverse events. Medical management can also be scheduled by sending reminders and monitoring intake.

They also have an administrative side where AI helps scheduling appoints, managing health records and handling billing. This can allow for nurses to focus on patient care instead of having to worry about administrative duties.

Unleash The Opportunities, Join Us Today!

The United Kingdom continues to face an ongoing shortage of nurses, creating a need for dedicated healthcare professionals across a wide range of healthcare settings. If you are a skilled and committed nurse looking for career opportunities, we invite you to apply here.

Discover more about the exciting roles for nurses at Coyle Medical and join us in delivering top-notch patient care through the seamless integration of technology and expertise, ensuring the highest quality of care for patients across the United Kingdom.

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