Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare - Accenture report
Accenture claims that robot-assisted surgery, and orthopedic surgery in particular will bring the most value in AI for surgery in a most recent report.
"AI represents a significant opportunity for industry players to manage their bottom line in a new payment landscape, while capitalizing on new growth potential. To better understand the savings potential of AI, Accenture analyzed a comprehensive taxonomy of 10 AI applications with the greatest near-term impact in healthcare. The assessment defined the impact of each application, likelihood of adoption and value to the health economy. The top three applications that represent the greatest near-term value are robot-assisted surgery ($40 billion), virtual nursing assistants ($20 billion) and administrative workflow assistance ($18 billion). As these, and other AI applications gain more experience in the field, their ability to learn and act will continually lead to improvements in precision, efficiency and outcomes.
Robot-assisted surgery leads the AI pack in terms of value potential. Cognitive robotics can integrate information from pre-op medical records with real-time operating metrics to physically guide and enhance the physician’s instrument precision. The technology incorporates data from actual surgical experiences to inform new, improved techniques and insights. Such improvements enhance overall outcomes and consumer trust for AI applicability across surgical areas of practice. Robotics outcomes include a 21 percent reduction in length of stay, according to Accenture analysis. The value will only increase with the development of robotic solutions for a greater diversity of surgeries.
AI is not an innovation coming down the pike—it’s here. It’s in our call centers, our homes and now, in our healthcare. Those who seize the AI opportunity and embrace these applications to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care will be the ones to leapfrog competitors."